The Hospice Team

Our medical doctor, Larry Shusterman, DO

Hospice is a coordinated program of services that enables persons with serious, progressive illness to live fully and comfortably in their own homes. Persons who live in a nursing home or an assisted living facility can also receive hospice services.

The Hospice Team is there to help. They encourage patients to be as active as possible providing support and comfort to the patient and family. The team consists of nurses, physicians, social workers, home health aides, chaplains, volunteers, grief counselors, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, music and massage therapists. The care may include pain relief through medication; back rubs and massages; assistance with personal care; coordination of medical equipment; companionship and friendship; assisting with household chores and financial matters; providing favorite foods or music; joining in favorite pastimes and life review. The hospice program also provides respite care in a nursing facility when a needed break from care-giving is needed, inpatient hospice care and bereavement support and counseling.

The Hospice Team also assists in coordinating community resources to assist with quality of life and helping maintain someone at home until the very end. This could include homemaker services, meals on wheels, emergency response systems and other available community resources.

Life is a journey and we are there for you until the very end.
We are your neighbor…We are your friend… We are Hospice of Philadelphia a service of VNA Philadelphia.

For more information about Hospice, contact one of our caring professionals at (215) 581-2046 or