Hospice and Palliative Care
...It's About How You Live
Hospice is a specialized form of care that focuses on supporting the choices of the terminally ill individual and their family. It focuses on care that will enhance the quality of life remaining, rather than on finding a cure. Care is directed at comfort measures that allow the patient to manage pain and other symptoms. The patient is cared for in his or her home, their caregiver's home, an assisted living facility or nursing home.
Hospice Care is the right choice when a patient is diagnosed with a terminal illness, is no longer seeking curative treatments and, in the clinical judgement of the physician, has a life expectancy of six months or less.
- Specially-trained nurses for symptom management and hospice care
- Medical Social Workers to help cope with the stresses of illness, care giving and loss and to give counseling and referrals
- Physical, occupational, and speech therapists who help the patient adjust to changes caused by disease
- Registered dieticians to provide guidance for special nutritional needs
- Home care aides and Homemakers to help with personal care, housekeeping and shopping
- Spiritual Care Providers, to provide support for the patient and family and/or to act as liaison with the clergy person of your choice
- Trained volunteers to provide a listening ear, to spend time with the patient, to give the family time on their own or simply to be a friend who understands
- Bereavement counselors to help friends and family cope with the loss.
- Massage & Therapeutic Touch