Home Health Resources

Visiting Nurse Association of Hanover & Spring Grove provides compassionate, professional health care to our patients and their families through our home care, hospice care, palliative care, skilled nursing, telehealth, rehabilitation, and complementary bereavement support services. We’re an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing quality care, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. We’ve provided the resources on this page to help inform and empower you to make better decisions regarding your at-home medical care.

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Resources For End-Of-Life Care

These resources are invaluable for anyone wanting more information about end-of-life health care options to increase awareness and access to quality end-of-life care.

Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

This document covers your options for life-sustaining treatment, including your preference for CPR or allowing natural death. When you don’t want medical staff to attempt resuscitation, you’re creating a DNR order. This document further breaks down exactly what type of medical interventions, comfort measures, antibiotic usage, and artificially administered food and hydration you do and don’t want to receive.

Pennsylvania Advance Directives Form

This form provides information about end-of-life services and care, how to implement plans to ensure your final wishes are honored, and how to voice your decisions on your health care with state-specific advance directive forms, a Durable Health Care Power of Attorney, a Living Will, and witnessing provisions to put your document into effect.

Understanding Advance Directives

This resource explains advance directives as a legal document that allows you to make your end-of-life wishes known in case you’re unable to communicate later. It answers important questions about living wills, medical powers of attorney, end-of-life decisions, DNRs, do not intubate orders, artificial nutrition and hydration, a health care provider's refusal to honor your advance directive, and whether you can include organ donation, cremation, or burial instructions in your advance directive.

Having The Conversations

Resource discussing how to begin the conversation about your wishes for your end-of-life care, including examples from people who’ve had these conversations. It also touches on the dilemma of nontraditional family members' rights, talking across generations, using trigger points to start the conversation, and what happens when siblings disagree.

Tough Questions

Resource covering the tough questions you must ask when you or a loved one is very ill, including questions to ask your doctor, health care agent, lawyer, loved one, spiritual caregiver, and social worker. Includes samples of suggested questions to ask.

Now What?

Once you’ve filled out your advance directive, this resource helps explain what comes next, because it’s merely the first step toward having your end-of-life wishes honored. After you’ve filled out your living will and/or health care power of attorney, you must talk to your family and friends, talk to your doctor, and make copies of your advance directive.

Breast Cancer Resources

These resources are invaluable to anyone facing a breast cancer diagnosis or wanting more information for an at-risk friend or loved one.

Centers For Disease Control

The CDC is the nation’s health protection agency. This resource provides information about breast cancer, including what breast cancer is, who is at high risk, and information about symptoms, mammograms, diagnosis, and treatment for breast cancer. It also provides statistics, details about low-cost screening, breast cancer treatment plans, and other featured resources to provide the information you need.

BreastCancer.org

Breastcancer.org is a registered nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information to those touched by breast cancer. This resource goes into detail about your diagnosis and symptoms, screening and testing, types of breast cancer, treatment options, side effects, breast reconstruction, nutrition, exercise, your job, breast cancer risk factors, lowering your risk, and breast cancer treatment news.

National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute is the U.S. government’s principal agency for cancer research. This resource provides free, credible, and comprehensive information about breast cancer statistics, causes, prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment options. It also discusses moving beyond breast cancer once your treatment ends, plus the latest breast cancer research, clinical trials, news, and links to other informative websites.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization that funds and conducts research, shares expert information, supports patients, and spreads the word about breast cancer prevention. This resource provides information about breast cancer risk, prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, reconstructive surgery, noncancerous breast conditions, and living as a breast cancer survivor.

National Breast Cancer Foundation

The National Breast Cancer Foundation helps women around the world with breast cancer education and free mammograms to women in need. This resource provides detailed information about breast cancer, early detection, diagnosis, the types and stages of breast cancer, and myths about breast cancer.

Contact the Visiting Nurse Association of Hanover & Spring Grove at 717-637-1227 for more information about the services we provide.

This page is dedicated to bringing you resources to help inform and empower you to make better decision regarding your at home medical care.

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