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CAN HOSPICE MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Hospice care can dramatically and positively impact quality of life. The goal is to empower the individual by providing knowledge and information to facilitate decision-making. Our staff consists of experts on pain control, symptom management, and emotional and spiritual comfort. Furthermore, our staff is committed to the education of patients and caregivers.

WHO PROVIDES CARE?

Care is delivered by a team of professionals who address the patient’s needs on medical, physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. The team consists of the patient’s attending physician, hospice medical director, registered nurse, home health aide, social worker, chaplain, and trained volunteers.

WHO IS ELIGABLE FOR HOSPICE CARE?

Anyone who has a life-limiting illness and a life expectancy of six months or less if the disease follows its normal course is eligible for hospice care. The patient or the patient’s representative chooses comfort care instead of curative or aggressive treatment, which is no longer effective or appropriate.

REDEFINING HOPE

People who choose hospice are not giving up hope, but instead are redefining it. Though there may no longer be the possibility of curing their illness, they redirect their hope into mending and restoring relationships, spending quality time with those they love, and finding peace and comfort.

HOW IS HOSPICE CARE STARTED?

Help is only one phone call away. The attending physician, patient, family members, friends, clergy, social workers, hospital discharge planner, or any personal concerned with the patient’s wellbeing can make a referral. If you call us, we will contact the patient’s physician for approval. Services will be started immediately.

ADMISSION PROCESS

Admitting a patient to the hospice program is a simple process for the attending physician, discharge planner, or social worker. Just call the hospice and a nurse will visit the patient and family at at home or in the hospital. Information about the program will be presented, and if the patient elects the program, the nurse arranges for start of services.

HOSPICE TEAM:

Your hospice team may include any of the following:

  • Hospice Physician
  • Registered Nurse
  • Social Worker
  • Chaplain
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Dietician
  • Volunteers
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists