Understanding Hospice Care
Facing a life-limiting illness can be devastating - physically, emotionally, and spiritually. When a patient has made the choice to stop aggressive or life-extending treatment for a progressive or incurable illness, and wants to be comfortable and not in pain, then hospice care will provide a great benefit.
Hospice services are provided on a scheduled basis by the Hospice Team, which includes the patient's own physician and/or the Hospice Medical Director, nurses, social workers, spiritual care counselors, home health aides, and trained community volunteers. If there's an emergency, we come to you. Emergency Care is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. We are always just a phone call away.
Admission into the hospice program is made without regard to age, gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, diagnosis or ability to pay for services.
Hospice Services Include:
- Skilled, compassionate care from Hospice Nurses and Hospice Aides making intermittent in-home visits.
- Management of pain and other physical symptoms through the appropriate use of medications.
- Training, teaching and skill-building for caregivers.
- Emotional support and spiritual counseling for the patient and family (if desired).
- Social work/family support services.
- Physical, occupational, and speech therapies.
- Companionship and household assistance visits provided by dedicated, trained volunteers.
- Bereavement services are available to families for up to 13 months after Hospice services are no longer needed. Additional services are available on an ongoing basis.