Excellence in end-of-life care for the patient and their families. This is accomplished by respecting patient choice, providing comfort, and promoting dignity.
· Admission within the hour with a physicians order
· All Medications related to Hospice criteria illness
· Durable Medical Equipment. (Hospital beds, oxygen tanks, wheelchairs, walkers, and more.
· Incontinence care supplies
· Pain and symptom management
· Comprehensive bereavement care
· 24/hr emergency on-call to assist with crises.
Hospice care services are typically structured according to each patient's needs and wishes of his or her family. These may change over time and during the three different stages of care.
Depending on the patient’s circumstances and stage of care, a hospice interdisciplinary team (IDT) may provide any combination of the following services
Registered nurses monitor your symptoms and medication and help educate both you and your family about what's happening. The nurse is also the link between you, your family, and the physician.
A social worker counsels and advises you and family members and acts as your community advocate, ensuring you have access to the resources you need.
Your doctor approves the plan of care and works with the hospice team. In a full hospice program, a hospice medical director is available to the attending physician, patient, and hospice care team as a consultant and resource.
Clergy and other spiritual counselors are available to visit you and provide spiritual support at home. Spiritual care is a personal process and may include helping you explore what death means to you, resolving "unfinished business," saying goodbye to loved ones, and performing a specific religious ceremony or ritual.
Home health aides provide personal care, such as bathing, shaving, and nail care. Homemakers may be available for light housekeeping and meal preparation.
Caring volunteers have long been the backbone of hospice. They're available to listen, offer you and your family compassionate support, and assist with everyday tasks such as shopping, babysitting, and carpooling.
These hospice specialists can help you develop new ways to perform tasks that may have become difficult due to illness, such as walking, dressing, or feeding yourself.
Research published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management found that terminally-ill patients who received hospice care lived on average 29 days longer than those who did not opt for hospice near the end of life.
Source: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization