How does MVH fit with me?
Can we get Hospice services in the hospital?
Absolutely! MVH services are available in the home, nursing home, hospital, or Nancy Dowd Hospice Home. Depending on your situation and personal goals, MVH will coordinate with the patient, loved ones, and care team to create an interdisciplinary, safe care plan. The majority of people want to spend their end of life at home, surrounded by friends or family, without being a burden to others. We will do what we can to accommodate your wishes.
Isn’t MVH affiliated with a bigger healthcare system? We really prefer a personal approach.
We’re the real deal – all in! MVH & NDHH are independently operated as a not-for-profit organization, governed by a Board of Directors and Foundation Board. We are regulated by the New York State Department of Health, as well as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
What if we’re dealing with Alzheimer’s or Dementia?
Depending on the advancement of the symptoms, we will do our best to help. The NDHH is a home-style facility that cannot accommodate one-to-one observation or any physical restraint or restriction beyond bed and chair alarms. If there are behaviors exhibited, we may not be the safest option. Call us – we’ll talk it through.
Assisted suicide and medical marijuana frequent the news outlets and social media. Does MVH subscribe to either?
We are not involved with either controversial topic at this point in time. At MVH we are focused on quality of life for patients and loved ones. We focus on managing pain and other symptoms to maintain as active a lifestyle as possible for those involved. For the family, we focus on emotional support and “respite” relief. We are not here to expedite or invoke end of life. As for medical marijuana, we have access to a portfolio of traditional medications with proven success for a variety of symptoms with escalating severity. Our medical staff and pharmacy business partners keep us current on our options.
Is MVH affiliated with any religious organizations?
No, MVH and NDHH are non-denominational and non-judgmental. Our on-staff Chaplain is spiritually supportive but adapts his style to your preferences. Like all our services, chaplaincy is optional. You don’t have to have any spiritual or religious support unless you choose to.