Patient / Caregiver

Hospice is a healthcare option that focuses on comfort and support at home. This includes nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, independent apartments or wherever the patient resides. Hospice provides hope when all curative treatments are exhausted or no longer desired. Through hospice the attending physician/hospice physician will aggressively treat symptoms and manage your end-stage illness with palliative care. Palliative care is focused on providing a patient relief from symptoms, pain and stress related of a serious illness to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Services:

  • Pain & Symptom Control
  • Regular Nursing Visits
  • 24 Hour On-Call Support
  • Personal Care (bathing, dressing, etc)
  • Medications and Medical Supplies
  • Medical Equipment (hospital bed, wheel chair, oxygen, etc)
  • Emotional & Spiritual Support
  • Instruction for caregivers/family on what to expect & how to provide care
  • Help with the process of caregiving and grief

Hospice utilizes a team of professionals who specialize in providing care for the seriously ill. A registered nurse (RN) will visit the patient on a regular basis for health concerns. The caregiver is given information on how to care for the patient, expectations with diagnosis, instruction on medication and opportunity to ask questions. Our agency has a nurse on-call and one nurse on back up call for urgent matters 24 hours a day, nights, weekends and holidays. A certified nursing assistant (CNA) will help with personal care like bathing and dressing. A social worker with a graduate/master level (GSW) offers emotional support, while helping families connect with community resources like how to obtain a power of attorney, meals on wheels, veteran benefits, family medical leave act and other needs. A qualified chaplain is also available for spiritual care, counsel and grief support. Hospice does offer volunteers who are screened and trained to offer assistance with caregiver relief, socializing with patients and household tasks etc. Medications, wound care, nutritional supplements, and supplies are provided based on the admitting diagnosis for hospice (the patient’s end-stage illness) per Medicare/Medicaid guidelines. Generally private insurance will mimic the same guidelines.

Making healthcare decisions may be especially difficult when people we love and care about are involved. Choosing hospice care and selecting a provider is an even more significant decision.  We encourage you to call us and discuss your specific care needs.

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Amy Stewart Krohn
Ashley Stewart