Hospice Care is an interdisciplinary palliative care program delivered primarily in a home or skilled nursing setting, to individuals with life limiting conditions and who are no longer candidates or seeking aggressive treatments. Hospice provides a holistic approach to caring, by taking the patient and their loved ones under their wings, and providing, physical, spiritual and emotional support under the skilled guidance of a Board-Certified Physician, a Nurse Case Manager, Clinical Social Worker, and Pastoral Support. Hospice provides durable medical equipment necessary for the safety and care of the patient, as well as medications for comfort and palliation. Additionally, Hospice has a 24/7/365 On Call Support line, where a Registered Nurse can be reached to address concerns, as well as be dispatched to the patient’s home should the need arise for additional medical support.
Hospice is Provided in the following Formats:
ROUTINE HOSPICE HOME CARE
This is provided in the comfort of your own home, assisted living, or skilled nursing facility. The RN Case Manager works diligently to coordinate care among all the disciplines and will establish Home Health Aide and Volunteer services upon request.
GENERAL INPATIENT CARE
Inpatient care is available for short-term acute symptom management. This level of care is initiated when all other efforts of symptom management have been exercised in the home setting, and the patient requires an acute care setting for further symptom management.
A symptom crisis that can be controlled in a home, skilled nursing, or assisted living setting, can receive an additional 8-24 hours of skilled nursing a day, depending on the need and the hospice Physicians determination. Nursing support is provided until active symptoms are managed and stabilized, once this takes place continuous level of care is discontinued, and routine hospice care is re umed.
Short Term Care (5 Days per Certification Period) in a nursing facility is available to provide relief for caregivers, for reasons such as travel, illness, or caregiver fatigue.