Hospice Care

Personalized services designed to support patients and their loved ones.

What Is Hospice?

A team approach to meeting each patient’s unique needs.

Hospice is designed to give supportive care to individuals in the final phase of a terminal illness. Care focuses on comfort and quality of life, rather than a cure. Our goal is to enable patients to participate in their care as much as possible and to be comfortable and pain free.

The following services are available 24/7:

  • Certified nursing assistants
  • Medical social workers
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Therapy: physical, occupational, speech (as appropriate)
  • Dietary consultation
  • Volunteers
  • Integrative therapy: music, therapeutic massage, pet therapy, compassionate touch, Healing Touch™, aromatherapy
  • Complimentary informational evaluation
  • Insurance verification and authorization
  • 100% service coverage for Medicare A carriers
  • Patient/caregiver-directed plan of care
  • RN supervision of care
  • Skilled nurse visits at least weekly, more per patient need/caregiver request
  • Physician-directed care/Hospice medical director
  • Family support/bereavement care and counseling
  • Medication management and monitoring
  • Management of pain and other symptoms in order to improve quality of life
  • Community education and assistance
  • Pharmacy services, including pharmacist consultations

Levels of Hospice Care

  • Continuous Care
    Between 8-24 hours in-home care per day is provided when medically necessary on a limited, short-term basis for pain control and symptom management.

  • Respite Care
     As needed occasionally for caregiver relief, respite service is available at hospice-approved facilities. The Medicare or insurance hospice benefit pays for the patient’s room and board for up to five nights.
  • Routine Home Care
    Professional services according to the patient’s plan of care are delivered to wherever the patient calls home. This is the level of care the majority of hospice patients receive.
  • General Inpatient
    As needed, short-term inpatient care is provided in a hospice-approved facility in order to control pain and symptom management. The Medicare or insurance hospice benefit pays for the patient’s room and board until the symptom is under control.

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