COMFORT CARE

Comfort care assures that negative symptoms like pain, nausea, shortness of breath and itching are kept to a minimum for the patient allowing a much easier transition. Hospice nurses will visit the hospice patients 2 to 3 times per week, and sometimes as often as daily or 2times per day to intervene as necessary to manage the negative symptoms.Week 28.jpg Our nurses are available 24 hours a day, call us for any hospice needs.

Pediatric Hospice

MomDaughter.crop.jpgOur Pediatric Program is rehabilitation focused with Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist being part of the inter disciplinary team. Our nurses are dedicated working tirelessly for the desired outcomes.

But when Hospice is called for, our Pediatric clients and their loving families can count on our Skilled Hospice Nurses for disease management, comfort measures and peace of mind. Our Hospice team is available 24 hours a day 7 days per week for home visits or just to answer questions. The hospice volunteers offer respite care for the families.  Call 3166915050 and ask Dorothy for questions about pediatric’s hospice.

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What is the role of Volunteers in Hospice care

Hospice care is set up to be a multi discipline approach in order to address the many challenges posed by an end of life situation. The nurses take care of the physical aspect of care, The chaplain deals with the spiritual aspect, the social worker works with grief management, the pharmacist reviews and medications and consult the team, the personal care aide bath and groom the patient, the volunteers can provide family with support by sitting with the patient while the family goes out shopping, they can spend time with patient reading them a book or playing music, or playing cards, knitting or taking the patients for a walk. Volunteers can visit once per week for up to 2 hours. A good volunteer is an integral part of the hospice team and can bring peace of mind to the patient and family

 

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Can a Patient be readmitted back to hospice after a Hospice discharge?

Oliver Family: Our sister was on Hospice with Myasthenia Gravis for 8 months last year and was finally discharged because her condition was stable. Now her condition has worsened. Can she be readmitted to hospice?

Dorothy RN: Occasionally patients do get better under hospice care or their medical condition stabilizes forcing the hospice to dismiss from hospice care. But ones the patient’s condition worsens again, the need for Hospice care can be evaluated and if the patient meets the criteria, hospice care can be re established. The attending physicians understand the challenges posed by some of those chronic diseases and will not have a problem re ordering Hospice care.Week 41.jpg

 

CAN A FAMILY ASK THE PHYSICIAN FOR HOSPICE OR HOME Health CARE?

Jones Family: My mom has been sick for many years with a respiratory condition. It’s very difficult for her to leave her home without assistance. Our physician has not suggested home health or hospice. Is it appropriate for us as a family to request these services?

Dorothy RN: Physicians don’t normally object to Home Health or Hospice services. Be open with the physician by giving intimate details about your moms needs for care and always be her advocate by requesting the resources you need as a family for support.  On the other hand, you can call a Hospice and Home health company and request for a free assessment and evaluation. The Home health & hospice nurses will communicate with your physician prior to visiting the home and after assessing the patients’ needs.

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Social Work with Hospice

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When a patient is admitted to hospice care, a team of professionals are involved in the care including  physicians, nurses, personal care aides, spiritual support and social workers. The social worker  role is very important in assisting the whole family deal and manage grief. They also facilitate communication within the family structure  making it possible to navigate through those difficult issues like funeral arrangements and end of life issues.