Hospice Care is the compassionate care given to a person at the end of his or her life. This can be a daunting task for a family. Our Hospice care team can help navigate the challenges families face when a loved one is dying. Services may include referral of medical or home healthcare services as well as emotional support. End of life care can be provided in many different settings including a private home, a hospital, a long-term care facility or a hospice center. An interdisciplinary team consisting of the hospice director, the patient’s or the hospice facility’s physician, nurses, home health aides, social workers, trained volunteers and counselors provides compassionate care. If the patient wishes, a member of the clergy may also be an active member of the care team.
What Hospice Care is Provided?
Services may include but are not limited to:
- Medical and home healthcare with a focus on comfort and pain management
- Team member availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Medical equipment and therapeutic supplies
- Psychological and emotional support for patient and family members
- Counseling and guidance on spiritual issues
- Guidance with the difficult, but normal, issues of life completion and closure
- Relief for caregivers, family members and others who care the patient
- A supportive volunteer support network that can prepare meals or run errands
- Bereavement counseling and emotional support for family members