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The Benefit of Hospice

When a cure is no longer possible, we help shift the focus to a new kind of hope for both patient and family. Hope now is for comfort, quality of life, and peace.  Our goal is to enhance quality of life by keeping patients as alert and comfortable as possible in a familiar environment with family and friends.

Hospice offers a unique package of services to help meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their families.  Services are provided by a professional staff consisting of doctors, registered nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, chaplains, therapists, bereavement counselors, and trained volunteers. Hospice team members visit according to a plan of care established for each individual patient based on their needs and wishes, and registered nurses are available 24 hours per day, seven days a week to respond to changes in the patient’s condition.

MEDICARE and MEDICAID programs and most private health insurance plans offer a comprehensive Hospice Benefit.  In addition to professional services, the cost for medications, routine medical supplies, durable medical equipment, and medically necessary procedures related to the hospice diagnosis are also covered.

Hospice provides one of the following levels of care depending on the needs of the patient and family.  The level of care will vary as needs change.

  • Routine Home Care
    Our team provides visits as needed to wherever a patient calls home: a private residence, assisted living, supportive care home, or skilled nursing facility.
  • Respite Care
    When caregivers need a break, patients may stay up to 5 days at a time at one of several local nursing facilities who partner with us to provide quality respite care.We still provide the same level of support as if the patient were at home. Multiple respite stays may be provided throughout the course of hospice care if needed by the caregivers.
  • Continuous Home CareFor patients experiencing a medical crisis, we will stay as long as necessary, providing one-on-one care until symptoms are under control.Nurses and/or home health aides provide up to 24 hours of continuous care per day as appropriate to manage symptoms.
  • Inpatient Care
    If in the unusual circumstance that continuous care at home is not an option for patients experiencing a medical crisis, we have contracted access to area inpatient hospice units.We continue making nursing visits and managing patient care while the patient is in the inpatient unit.

Grief & Loss Support

People have mixed and complicated emotions that can be difficult to understand and accept.  Each of us responds differently to loss, but the more you learn about grief, the better you are able to recognize it and address its many symptoms and causes.

We can help by providing grief education and support to anyone who has lost a loved one.  Support is available free of charge to anyone in the community and hospice affiliation is not necessary.  Support can be provided at our office, at your local hospital or care community, or by phone.

Individual sessions and grief support groups focus on support and education rather than a particular therapeutic method.  If further counseling or support is needed, referrals will be made to an appropriate counselor or agency.  Reading materials on the topic of grief are available.