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WHAT IS HOSPICE
Hospice is a service that focuses on symptom management and pain control for a patient who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Hospice allows for the patient to live his/her final days in a peaceful, comfortable, and dignified way. Our nurses, certified aides, social workers, and hospice chaplains will be at the patient's call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Hospice is not a place it is a philosophy of care and can be provided wherever the patient lives.
Hospice does not mean hopeless. Although hospice patients must have a terminal illness, hospice philosophy emphasizes positive outcome through goal setting and living life to the fullest. In fact, hospice patients are not required to have a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate.)
Levels of Hospice Care
Routine Home Hospice Care:
Patient is receiving hospice care in their home.
Inpatient Hospice Care:
When a patient needs short term crisis management of pain symptoms that cannot be handled in the home, the patient is transferred to a contracted inpatient facility.
When caregivers need time away from their caregiver responsibilities, patients can stay in a contracted facility for up to five days.
Continuous Home Hospice Care:
A Licensed Nurse and a Certified Nursing Assistant can provide 24 hour care for patients and/or patient's family in a crisis situation.
Common Indicators for Hospice Care:
End stage Cardiovascular Disease
End stage Pulmonary Disease
End stage Renal Failure
End stage Liver Failure
End stage Alzheimer Disease