UPMC Visiting Nurses
 HOSPICE

Hospice Services

Hospice is not about dying. It is about helping the patient who can no longer benefit from curative treatment to live life to its fullest until death. This help comes through physical, emotional, social, and spiritual support. Hospice treats the whole person, not just the disease. It is a medically directed, team managed program with emphasis on pain and symptom management, to give the patient and family the gift of quality time.

Scope of Hospice Services:

  • Hospice Medical Director

  • Skilled Nursing

  • Home Care Aides

  • Medical Social Services

  • Nutritional Counseling



  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy

  • Medication and Equipment Management

  • Spiritual Care

  • Volunteer Services

  • Support for the family after the loss

When is the right time for hospice care?
Any person who is in the advanced stages of a lifelimiting illness may enter into our hospice program. The program should be given serious consideration when the purpose of treatment becomes the prevention of symptoms, rather than seeking a cure.

It should also be considered when life expectancy is estimated to be less than six months.

The patient must have a primary caregiver who can work closely with the hospice team. The caregiver may be a family member, friend or a paid professional.


Who can request hospice services?
Anyone can – including family members, patients, friends, physicians, personal care and nursing facilities, and hospital social service departments.

Caring, Professional Staff
Our team of highly trained professionals, along with your primary physician, genuinely cares about the physical, emotional, spiritual and financial well-being of our patients.

How can I get hospice services?
Hospice Services are available 24 hours a day/seven days a week. Call one of our hospice providers listed on the right for additional information.

Who pays for hospice care?
Hospice care is available as a benefit under Medicare, Medical Assistance and other payers. UPMC VNA's Hospice providers accept most third-party, health insurance payers in the counties they serve.

Hospice services are available in 7 counties throughout Pennsylvania. Contact one of our hospice providers in your county for more information.

Visiting Nurses Association of Venango County, Hospice
(814) 432-6555

Venango County

Fayette Home Care and Hospice
(724) 439-1610 or (888) 402-2233

All of Fayette county and portions of Westmoreland, Washington, Somerset and Greene Counties based on zip code

Great Lakes Hospice
(814) 877-6120

Erie County