Hospice Services

The goals of hospice care are to provide symptom relief, emotional support for the patient and their family during the dying process, and to ensure a dignified death. Hospice services often include pain management, symptom control, emotional and social support, spiritual care, assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), and bereavement services. Hospice care is often provided in the patient’s home, but it can also be provided in a nursing home or other long-term care facilities. Working with medical professionals and family members, it is possible to make the most of this time and ensure that a patient is comfortable, cared for and surrounded by those who love them. By providing compassionate terminal illness care, it is possible to help individuals pass with dignity and peace. Caregivers should understand the best ways to communicate with their loved one, provide comfort during difficult times and be able to identify when professional advice is necessary.

Hospice home care is provided by a team composed of doctors, nurses, home health aides, social workers and chaplains. When patients are being evaluated by the RN for admission the doctor and office is informed on what treatments, medications and care they need. When needed; specialists are also sent out to the home for patient care such as, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, wound care. and in-home lab work. 

Unlike hospice care, which usually begins when curative treatments are no longer effective, palliative care can be used along with curative treatments to provide comprehensive symptom management and support. In addition to providing relief from physical pain and symptoms, palliative care can help with end-of-life issues such as advance care planning. This includes making decisions about medical treatment when the patient can no longer make them themselves. This provides support in navigating the complex healthcare system and assists with insurance issues, medication management, transportation services, and more. The treatment of pain in hospice begins with a comprehensive assessment to determine the physical and psychological causes of the pain. Once this has been done, a multidisciplinary approach will be used to create an individualized plan for managing it. This may involve the use of medications, such as non-opioid pain relievers, opioids, anti-inflammatory drugs or muscle relaxants.

Alternative therapies may also be used in conjunction with these medicines, including massage therapy and physical therapy. Pain management in hospice is complex but keeps the patient as comfortable and pain-free as possible, while also ensuring that emotional suffering is minimized. This may involve counseling, group therapy or other types of emotional support services. This team works together to provide compassionate and individualized care for the person who is dying, as well as their family. This may involve making decisions about treatment options, discussing funeral arrangements and providing companionship. By providing bereavement counseling, hospice contributes invaluable assistance to families during an already difficult and emotional time. With compassionate care and professional guidance, hospice staff can help families find peace and comfort as they learn to adjust to life without their loved one. It is important to remember that end-of-life care is not simply about prolonging life, but rather about quality of life. It lets individuals experience a more comfortable transition from life to death, enabling them to live out their lives as best they can.