Hospice is a philosophy of care that focuses on enhancing quality of life and preserving dignity for a person with a life-limiting disease. The focus of hospice is on comfort and support rather than curative treatment. Hospice care relies on the combined knowledge and skills of a team of professionals to coordinate care tailored to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of each patient and family.
Hospice care is typically provided in the patient’s home, but it may also be provided in assisted living facilities, board and care facilities, and skilled nursing facilities.
The Benefits of Hospice Care
Comfort is the primary goal of hospice care. Our nurses, working in conjunction with the patient’s physician and the hospice medical director, monitor and address the pain and symptoms associated with the terminal illness so that the patient can live each day in comfort and dignity.
Peace of Mind
In the event of an emergency, or simply to ask a question, our patients and families have 24⁄7 telephone access to our nursing staff. If the nurse on call is not able to effectively address an issue over the telephone, a nurse will be dispatched to the patient’s side and staffing will continue until the issue is resolved.
The peace of mind of patient and family is enhanced by the support they receive from the hospice team. The team can guide discussions that bring patient and family wishes to light, and help assure that they are realized. Our team works with you and your family to encourage open and honest communication about Advance Healthcare Directives and other life planning, so that our patients’ wishes are well known and understood by everyone in the patient’s circle of care. This work, though challenging, promotes peace, tranquility and healing in the final stages of life.
Healing Care Hospice promises to make every effort to be by our patients’ side in the final moments of life. We believe strongly that no one should die alone, unless, of course, this is their preference.
Each member of the team has specific roles that support the patient and family in varying ways. This support may address physical, emotional, or spiritual distress; it may address financial or legal uncertainties; or it may address the pain of living with the difficult decisions that accompany this phase of life. In addition, hospice volunteers play an important role in providing additional support to the patient and family.
Grief is a natural and normal reaction to loss. Healing Care Hospice’s bereavement program provides grief support to a patient and family during their journey and to families for at least a year following the death of a patient.
Our hope is to help families as they reconcile their losses, process their grief, and learn to heal. Our clinicians are trained to support the grieving and recognize when an individual is in need of in-depth, psychological support.
The clinical team members provide emotional and spiritual support to the patient and family. They guide the patient and family to explore opportunities for personal growth and spiritual, emotional, and relational healing. Our staff encourages and facilitates resolution of challenging family dynamics and the completion of unfinished business. They nurture and support a sense of meaning for the family.
The hospice team makes great effort to understand and honor the cultural values of each patient and family it serves.