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The Hospice Philosophy
Hospice is not a place, it is a concept about the quality of life as it nears its end for the patients and their families and friends. Hospice believes death to be a natural part of the cycle of life. Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death. Hospice supports those who desire to face end-of-life with dignity and as much control as possible. Hospice aggressively manages pain and symptoms.
Hospice is holistic and recognizes that pain and suffering may be physical, emotional, spiritual, or social. Hospice supports those who wish to live as fully and as comfortable as possible. Hospice provides palliative care to terminally ill patients, as well as supportive services to patients, their families, and significant others, 24 hours a day in both home and inpatient settings.
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Medical supplies, such as bandages or catheters.
Medications for pain and symptom management of the terminal diagnosis.
Equipment such as wheelchairs, bedside commodes, hospital beds, walkers, etc.
Services from an interdisciplinary team specializing in end-of-life care.
Physician services related to the terminal illness.
Regular home care visits by a nurse.
Visits by a certified nursing assistant for such services as dressing and bathing.
Chaplain services for the patient and the family, if desired.
Social work and counseling services.
Levels of Hospice Care:
Routine Care provides intermittent hospice care wherever the patient calls home (personal residence, residence of a friend or family member, nursing facility, assisted living facility, etc.).
Respite Care provides assistance that allows time for the patient's caregiver to rest.
Continuous Care provides short-term crisis management of pain or symptoms in the patient's home (personal residence, residence of a friend or family member, nursing facility, assisted living facility, etc.).
General Inpatient Care provides short-term crisis management of pain or symptoms in a hospital, nursing facility or inpatient unit during the hospice stay.