Our Services

Hospice Services

Hospice Care
We provide high-quality, compassionate care that helps patients with a life-limiting illness and their families live as fully as possible. We provide physical, emotional and spiritual care aimed at giving you and your loved ones comfort and dignity in life’s final stage. We cannot add days to your life, but we can add life to your days. Most patients are cared for in their own home. However, our hospice care can also be offered in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or, when the needs of your loved one and your family can be better met in an inpatient setting, the extraordinary Hospice Atlanta Center in Atlanta, GA may be appropriate. These stays are sometimes transitional to control symptoms until your loved one can return home or be comfortably cared for in another setting. Medicare and most insurance plans pay for inpatient stays when it’s medically necessary. If your loved one stays in the Hospice Atlanta Center when there is no longer a medical need, the cost becomes the responsibility of your loved one and family. A social worker can help your family to find ways to resolve financial issues.To learn more about Medicare’s Hospice coverage, see Medicare Hospice Benefits. Volunteers play an important role in home hospice services and at Hospice Atlanta Center, and there are many varied volunteer opportunities. Consider volunteering your time and talents. Questions? Email Barbara Moore if you need more information about our hospice program.

Joint Commission Accreditation

The Joint Commission sets standards for best practices by evaluating an organization’s clinical, management and leadership strengths. The Commission also looks at financial stability and sustainability, and the strength and makeup of the board of directors. The Visiting Nurse Health System is one of only a few organizations in Georgia that has accreditation for both our healthcare at home services and our hospice services. We believe the stamp of approval from the Joint Commission is proof of the outstanding quality of our program.

The Joint Commission also offers education in best practices that helps us continually evaluate and improve our services and operations. Our interdisciplinary team knows the importance of Joint Commission accreditation and the high standards it requires. You can feel confident in the care your patients and families will receive with us.

You may contact the Joint Commission to report a patient safety or quality of care concern regarding a Joint Commission accredited healthcare organization.

The Joint Commission
One Renaissance Blvd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
1-800-994-6610 (phone); 1-630-702-5005 (fax) complaint@jointcommission.org

The Joint Commission’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., CST.

Affordable, Quality Care

We accept Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans. As a community nonprofit, our mission is to care for everyone regardless of age, race, diagnosis or the ability to pay. To the extent that funds are available, no patient who is eligible for hospice services will be turned away.

Atlanta’s Trusted Hospice Provider

In recent surveys of Visiting Nurse Health System patients:

  • 100% said they would recommend us to others
  • “Excellent Care Delivered” to patients and families was substantially higher than the national average.
  • We became the first hospice provider in Atlanta in 1975 and opened our inpatient center in 1996.
  • We employ a full-time medical director to provide timely and responsive care for patients.
  • We are one of only a few hospices in the metro Atlanta area accredited by the Joint Commission.
  • We have an extensive network of volunteers including nurses, chaplains and lawyers.
  • We offer extensive bereavement support, which is open to the entire community