Most of us prefer to be at home, especially after receiving an end-of-life diagnosis. Our goal in hospice is to make sure as many of those desires are fulfilled as possible. Just being able to remain in your own familiar surroundings brings more peace and comfort.
When families need to be out of town or just need a break, Medicare will cover expenses, including transportation, to contracted facilities for a stay of up to 5 calendar days. Everyone needs a break at times and this benefit is in Medicare for you.
The hospice aid will assist with bathing, personal care, and activities of daily living in the home environment, to assist patients in remaining independent.
Our chaplain and other staff are available to give you spiritual support during your hospice period. Grief counseling is also available on request.
Our nurses and physicians will work together to maintain a tolerable pain level, so you remain comfortable during this time. This is generally controlled with a routine medication and an as needed (PRN) dose to keep you comfortable.
Spiritual support is an important part of hospice and chaplains are always available to help patients and families with these needs. This support is not meant to confront or convert, but to assist with spiritual needs within the boundaries or framework of their personal belief systems.