The care provided is tailored to fit the individual needs of each patient and family. Hospice works directly with the patient’s own physician to provide optimal care and symptom management, while maintaining maximum patient alertness. A medically supervised interdisciplinary team of professionals and volunteers coordinate the services.
The patient may receive hospice care either in his or her own home or a senior living facility. Patients and their families often prefer to receive care in their own home for as long as possible. Support services can extend that time period in the home.
Services provided can include a number of things such as:
- Coordinate and consult with community agencies and services such as Meals on Wheels
- Household chores and errands
- Professional nursing care
- Service as patient advocate in obtaining information from physicians or community agencies and services
- Assisting with financial matters including wills, funeral planning and more
- Social and Spiritual Care
- Companionship and an understanding heart
Professional Nursing Care
Our hospice nurses make regularly scheduled visits to all patients to provide expert pain management and symptom control techniques. Throughout the time the patient is under the care of hospice, the nurses keep the patient’s primary physician informed of any changes. Nurses provide the complete spectrum of skilled nursing care and are available by phone 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Home health aides can provide assistance with personal care for the patient.
Patient Advocate/Social Services
Our hospice social worker provides assistance with practical and financial concerns as well as emotional support, counseling and bereavement follow-up. Our social worker evaluates the need for other support services by the family and facilitates communication between the family and community agencies and services.
Grief & Loss Program
Hope Hospice provides an atmosphere where those who have experienced loss might turn for help, and more importantly, find a foundation from which they can preserve dignity, rebuild and grow. To learn more about the Hope Hospice Grief & Loss Program, click here.
Hospice can provide trained volunteers to provide companionship and an understanding heart to assist the individual and their family with household chores and errands. Volunteers lend a hand to provide a break for family members and time away for primary caregivers. Volunteers can do many various activities with the patients from listening and reading to playing cards. Hospice volunteers’ main job is to help the patient and their family with their own specific needs. Hope Hospice also has volunteers that provide office help, and do many things such as photocopying, helping with mailings, fundraising and making deliveries. For more information on volunteers or becoming a volunteer, contact us.
Chaplains provide spiritual support to patients and families. Chaplains can also assist with memorial services and funeral arrangements.
The Hospice Bereavement Coordinator provides continuing contact and support for caregivers for 13 months following the death of a loved one. Hospice also sponsors bereavement groups and support for anyone in the community who has experienced a death of a family member, a friend, or similar losses.