Hospice is a concept of supportive care which is an option for terminally ill patients and their families. It focuses on quality of life when the length of life cannot be extended. The primary goal is to provide the patient and the patient’s loved ones with supportive and loving care so that the patient may remain in the familiar and comfortable surroundings of home. Hospice offers physical (pain control), emotional, spiritual and social support services as needed. The program strives to allow patients to remain in their home and be active for as long as possible.
Hospice care involves a team approach. Our staff includes nurses, home health aides, physicians, therapists, social workers, clergy and volunteers; all of whom have been trained in the special skills needed to work with the terminally ill and their families. The team meets regularly in order to plan and provide the best care possible for the patient and family.
Nursing care focuses on individualized physical assessment and care of the patient. Hospice nurses teach family members how to care for the patient and coordinate the care under the direction of the patient’s physician. Hospice care does not provide private duty nursing service. Home health aides and homemakers are available for regularly scheduled visits.
Trained volunteers provided continuing service with attention, friendship and caring. Running errands, relieving caregiver, just listening – the patient’s and family’s needs determine the range of services offered. Volunteers are a vital part of the program. New volunteers are always needed.
Hospice provides bereavement care to families. A specially trained staff of professionals and volunteers provides assistance to the family during the year following the death.
Patients may be referred to hospice by physicians, families, friends, hospital discharge planners and other community agencies. A patient may be admitted to the hospice program with the consent and participation of the patient’s primary care physician. The patient must have a life expectancy of 6 months or less if the disease runs its normal course. The patient has acknowledged the terminal condition and desires to pursue palliative treatment to manage symptoms rather than curative treatment. Services may be provided in private homes, assisted living facilities or long term care facilities.
For more information or to make a referral please call us at (870) 836-6055 or toll free at (877) 836-2472.