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The Virginia Association for Hospices and Palliative Care (VAHPC) advocates for quality care for all persons with life limiting illnesses.

VAHPC  promotes hospice and palliative care education and ethical practices, and serves as a  united voice and resource for its members.

Our primary responsibility is to the citizens of the Commonwealth. We hope that you will find this site useful and that you will return frequently  for information and support when facing the challenges of a life-limiting disease.

  VAHPC Executive Director

                 

 Resumes may be mailed to the following address:

Virginia Association for Hospice and Palliative Care

c/o Hospice of the Piedmont

675 Peter Jefferson Pkwy., Suite 300

Charlottesville, Virginia  22911

 Attention: Lori Woods

 Electronically, resumes can be sent to: [email protected]

 

 

Advance Directives

 

 Opioid Crisis & Hospice

 

In response to the public health epidemic of prescription drug abuse and related deaths in Virginia, the VAHPC Public Policy Committee convened a work group to explore the responsibilities hospices have to ensure safe use of opioids in the communities they serve. The group recognized that the appropriate use of opioids is vitally important in preventing undue suffering at end of life and also recognized the obligation hospice programs have to assure that the medications provided are used in a safe and effective manner.

VAHPC’s work group developed a Tool Kit for use by hospices, “Risk Evaluation & Mitigation (REM): Strategies to Promote the Safe Use of Opioids".

For a copy of the REM Tool Kit

to download and/or print, click on this link 

 

Palliative Care

The Virginia Department of Health, VDH, has created a palliative care informational website which includes information on the following:

  • delivery of palliative care in the home and in primary, secondary and tertiary environments;
  • best practices for the delivery of palliative care;
  • consumer educational materials and referral information for palliative care and
  • continuing education opportunities for health care providers.
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