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
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.


Sup­port
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.


Heal­ing
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.