A team of professionals specially trained in end-of-life care provides hospice services.
Our medical services focus on pain and symptom management. However, hospice is more than medical care—it includes emotional and spiritual support for patients and their families.
Hospice services enhance the care provided by other health care professionals once an illness is beyond the point of curative treatment.
We base all of our services on the philosophy of patient-driven care, empowering individuals to live out their final months in the ways they choose.
Our registered nurses are trained in pain control and symptom management, making the patient’s comfort our primary focus. Patients under hospice care experience fewer trips to the clinic and hospital because we manage all the care, including equipment, medications and supplies related to the terminal diagnosis, in the home.
Our nurses also offer education and support to help caregivers feel confident in their roles.
Our certified nursing assistants help patients with personal care needs. They can also offer light housekeeping services.
Our social workers are knowledgeable in the emotional aspects of late-stage illness, and help manage the stress patients and families may feel. They can also identify local and county services and resources for additional support.
Our chaplains are professional clergy who understand spiritual needs at the end of life. If a patient desires, a chaplain will provide support to him/her, based on his/her personal beliefs. The chaplain can also serve as a link to a patient’s church or other faith community.
Our volunteers offer respite breaks for family caregivers by providing companionship to our patients. This can include playing cards, reading a newspaper, having coffee, taking walks or giving wheelchair rides.
Our grief specialists offer one-on-one visits, phone calls and literature to family members for up to 13 months following the patient’s death, depending on individual needs and comfort level. In addition, we offer a variety of grief support groups to both patients’ family members and the public. Grief support is also available to staff in other care settings following the death of a resident who was under our care.
We can provide answers to the common questions you might have:
- When is a patient appropriate for hospice?
- How do I start the conversation about hospice?
- How does Hospice coordinate care with facilities?
- 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?