What is Hospice?
Hospice provides comfort and support for individuals as they near the end of life. Care is provided by an interdisciplinary team and includes expert medical treatment, pain and symptom management, and emotional and spiritual support centered on meeting the needs of patients and their families. Hospice care is available wherever a person resides—at home, in a nursing home, or in an assisted-living facility.
The goal of hospice is to help individuals achieve the highest-possible quality of life, even as death nears. Care is patient-centered and guided by an individual’s unique wishes and goals. As a result, individuals and their families can focus on what matters most to them.
What Are The Elements of Hospice Care?
Our hospice team is made up of experienced professionals who have been trained to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals nearing the end of life. We work in partnership with a person’s physician to create a plan of care that meets the full range of a person’s needs. Care is also provided to a patient’s family, who become an integral part of the care team.
To learn more about what each member of our hospice team does, hover over the different parts of the circle, below.
You are always at the center of what we do, and your needs and personal goals drive the care that we provide.
Hospice supports patients and families as a unit. We provide guidance to families on how to care for their loved one, with a focus on pain and symptom management. When it becomes necessary, we also offer spiritual and grief counseling, which is available in advance of, and up to a year after, a person dies.
We work closely with a person’s caregivers to provide education and support wherever it is needed.
Volunteers help out with a range of tasks, including providing companionship to patients and respite for families and caregivers. They can also run errands, play music, sing, and read aloud to patients.
Our Chaplain visits with patients and families at home and provides spiritual counseling and support. Support is non-denominational, and there is no obligation to utilize the care.
Licensed Nursing Assistants work under the direction of the Hospice Nurse. LNAs provide hands-on personal care and support with light exercise and other activities of daily living.
The Hospice Nurse is an advocate for the needs of patients and families, a teacher, a friend, a confidante, and a compassionate care provider. The Hospice Nurse oversees the plan of care and works closely with the referring physician to ensure that the patient’s needs are met and that pain and other symptoms are managed. The Nurse helps patients and families understand what is going on, including what to expect as time progresses. Nurses are on-call 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week for hospice patients and their families.
The Medical Director oversees the plans of care for every patient that CVHHH’s Hospice team treats. The Medical Director works closely with a person’s physician and the Hospice Interdisciplinary Team to coordinate care.
A person’s physician arranges for hospice care by initiating the referral process and certifying that an individual has ceased curative treatment. A person’s physician works closely with CVHHH’s Medical Director and with an individual’s Hospice Nurse to manage care.
Homemakers help with light housekeeping, meal preparation, laundry and provide personal care for the patient.
The Bereavement Counselor provides grief and emotional support for individuals and families, including children, for up to a year after an individual dies. The Bereavement Counselor also offers free Grief Support Groups that are open to the public.
Frequently Asked Questions:
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How do I access hospice care?
Do you have questions about hospice?
Call Jewelene Griffin, RN, Hospice & Palliative Care Manager, or use the contact form to the upper right.802-224-2240