Hospice Care Options:
According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization*, NHPCO, over 97% of all hospice care in 2012 was received in the patient’s home. This is known as Routine Hospice Care.
*The NHPCO is the largest membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. www.nphco.org
Community Routine Hospice Care:
- “Tuck-In” program for patients on the day of discharge . CNA will meet the family at home to provide 1-4 hours of comfort care. CNA assists in helping patient and family transition home in addition to the admission RN
- Continuous care will be provided by the hospice staff until symptoms are successfully managed
The second tier of hospice care is known as Inpatient Hospice Care. This type of care is provided for pain control or other acute symptom management that cannot feasibly be provided at home. Inpatient Hospice Care begins when other efforts to manage symptoms have been ineffective. Inpatient Hospice Care can be provided in a Medicare certified hospital, hospice inpatient facility, or nursing facility that has a registered nursing available 24 hours a day to provide direct patient care.
Community Inpatient Hospice Care:
- On-site RN will admit patient within 30 minutes to an hour of by physician referral.
- Community Hospice will obtain a contract with the hospital pharmacy to provide hospice medications.
Respite Care is available to provide temporary relief to the patient’s primary caregiver. Respite care can be provided in a hospital, hospice facility, or a long term care facility that has sufficient 24 hour nursing personnel present on all shifts to guarantee that patient’s needs are met. Respite care is provided for a maximum of 5 consecutive days.
Continuous Hospice Care:
Continuous Hospice Care is care provided for between 8 and 24 hours a day to manage pain and other acute medical symptoms. Continuous Hospice Care services are predominantly nursing care, supplemented with caregiver and hospice aide services. This type of care is intended to maintain the patient’s comfort at home during a pain or symptom crisis.
Palliative Care: Separate level of care between treatment and hospice.
Grief and bereavement support:
At Community Hospice, we recognize that grief and bereavement are a natural human response to any significant change, transition or loss that we experience in our lives. For that reason, we offer bereavement support to our patients, their families and their loved ones.
Our team of caring professionals provide ongoing support to patients and their loved ones as they begin their journey with hospice. Community Hospice is committed to helping individuals cope with anticipatory grief and confront unresolved concerns that will unlimitedly promote a quality of life that is more peaceful and meaningful.
Bereavement support is also available for caregivers and families for a minimum of 13 months following the loss of their loved one. These services are offered free of charge, and include:
- Visits and/or phone calls from bereavement staff and trained volunteers.
- Short term individual and family counseling.
- Quarterly mailings providing grief support information. This service is also available to extended family members of our patients who may not reside locally.
- Information about bereavement support groups and grief-related resources in the community.
Our bereavement services are an important part of the Community “Circle of Care” approach. These services can also be made available to anyone in the greater community who is seeking support in coping with grief and loss in their lives.
To speak to a Community Hospice grief counselor, please call ________.
Social work: more info needed
Spiritual counseling: more info needed