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What Is Hospice?

Hospice is a philosophy of care emphasizing quality of life that helps people facing end of life decisions to choose that their final days will be spent free of pain and in a safe and compassionate environment. These choices allow those to spend their final days with dignity and comfort and surrounded by their loved ones.

Hospice services are a team approach integrating medical, emotional, spiritual, and social services support to patients and their families when a disease or illness has resisted curative treatment. Every patient has a tailored care plan specific to their unique needs and wishes.

Additionally, hospice offers a variety of bereavement and counseling services to families and their children before and after a patient’s death. Those involved in this process have a variety of physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. The nature of death is unique, therefore the hospice team’s goal is to be sensitive and responsive to the special needs of each individual and their families.

What Services Do We Provide

  • The team medical director (a physician) directs and approves plan of care, including pain and symptom management expertise.
  • The registered nurse provides pain and symptom management and nursing care.
  • The social worker provides emotional support, counseling, and assists if the family has financial needs by helping the family access community services.
  • The hospice aide/care partner assists with patients’ personal care. – The chaplain offers spiritual support and assistance with memorial and funeral arrangement.
  • The volunteer program assists with non-medical services for patients and their family including providing companionship, helping in the home, and assisting with errands.

Benefits Of Hospice Care

  • Hospice is not a place but a quality of care that brings the patient and family medical, emotional, and spiritual care and support by focusing on comfort and quality of life.
  • Hospice serves anyone facing a life limiting illness, regardless of age or type of illness.
  • Hospice treats pain and manages symptoms while allowing most patients to remain at home, in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, wherever they may reside.
  • A person may keep his or her referring physician involved while they receive hospice care.
  • Hospice offers grief and bereavement services to family members and the community.
  • Hospice services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance with hospice benefits, and/or private pay.