Advanced Care Institute

Advanced Care for those facing terminal illness

VNA Health Group formed the Advanced Care Institute (ACI) in 2015 to help patients with late-stage chronic illnesses stay at home comfortably with support from family, a visiting physician and palliative care team. Despite extensive research showing that palliative care and house call visits alleviate suffering and are cost effective, New Jersey lags behind the rest of the country in the number of patients who receive this comfort-focused care.  Our goal is to educate clinicians, communities, patients and their families on best practices in chronic disease, palliative and hospice care. 

Advanced Care Institute: Better Living, Less Hospitalizations

A key aspect of the Advanced Care Institute is Visiting Physician Services (VPS), a home based primary care practice for older adult and homebound patients. This is a first-of-its-kind partnership to better serve VNA patients by providing in-home primary care. VPS is one of the largest and most experienced medical house call practices in New Jersey. For more information about VPS, call 732-571-1000 or email us at

Another service offered through the ACI is our Palliative Care Program. Palliative care is an individualized approach to addressing physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs of patients and families facing a serious or life-limiting illness.  The primary goals of a palliative care program are improving quality of life through management of symptoms, including pain, that are related to the illness.  We help patients and families navigate treatment options for those with a serious condition and provide care, support and compassion when it’s needed most.