Hospice care is available to patients with a life expectancy of six months or less, no matter where they reside. Therefore, we collaborate with assisted living and long-term care facilities to provide services to residents who meet the medical guidelines.
Hospice care does not take the place of the care provided by facility staff, but instead enhances the care residents already receive.
Benefits of Hospice Care
- Most health care professionals recognize that as the end of life draws near, patients require more and more care. Hospice professionals can assist facility staff in caring for the increasing needs of these patients.
- Because our nurses work off standing orders, they can rapidly respond to changes in pain and symptom management needs.
- Using hospice could provide financial relief for patients and their families. The Medicare Hospice Benefit covers the cost of medications, equipment and supplies related to the terminal diagnosis.
- Patients’ family members can benefit from grief support services offered by Hospice. Knowing their loved ones will be assisted through the grieving process can be a great relief to residents at the end of life.
Responsibilities of the Hospice Staff
- Manage all care related to the terminal illness, including:
– Pain and symptom management
– Our patient care staff assignments and supervision
– Provision of medications, equipment and supplies
– Approval of therapies (occupational, physicial, speech, etc.) and consults
- Care plan collaboration and oversight
- Effective communication with facility team
- Provide an on-call nurse 24/7
- Provide and pay for medications, equipment and supplies if they are related to the terminal illness
Responsibilities of Long-Term Care/Assisted Living Facility Staff
- Room and board services, including assistance with ADLs, housekeeping and socialization activities
- Managing daily care of the resident
- Care plan collaboration with hospice staff
- Effective communication with hospice team:
– When the resident’s condition changes
– When there is need for additional medications and supplies
– Prior to ordering tests or consults
– Prior to any transfer
We can provide answers to the common questions you might have:
- What services does hospice provide?
- When is a patient appropriate for hospice?
- How do I start the conversation about hospice?
- How is Hospice paid for?
- What signs indicate a patient is nearing end-of-life?
- How do I refer a patient to hospice?
- What resources does Hospice provide for health care professionals?