What is Hospice?
Specifically, hospice consists of the following:
- Hospice is a concept of care, not a place.
- Hospice services are provided where the patient lives, e.g. a nursing home, assisted living facility, or adult family home, etc.
- Hospice focuses on the relief of suffering and improving the quality of life.
- Hospice affirms life and regards dying as a normal process; it neither hastens nor postpones death.
- Hospice offers emotional and spiritual support, as well as medical care. It is holistic, giving equal attention to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and families.
- Hospice also provides support to the patient’s family, including grief support services.
Specialty Hospice Services We Provide
- Continual Assessment of all symptoms, plan of care changes as needed for comfort
- Patient/Family Education of pain control
- Medication delivered to home
This service is set up to allow the caregiver time to attend to other needs, with the confidence that their loved one is being cared for
- Delivery and pickup of all medical equipment
- Home is set up for comfort for the patient
Assistance provided by the hospice team to coordinate all plans related to the end of life (Living will, power of attorney and funeral arrangements, etc.)
- Prescriptive music at the bedside
- Reduces physical and emotional anxiety and pain
- Assists with reminiscing and positive memories
- Attentive touch can reduce stress & anxiety
- Facilitates relaxation
- can be helpful in managing pain