What is Hospice?
Hospice is a program of palliative and supportive care with the focus on comfort care rather than curative for those individuals diagnosed with a terminal illness. Hospice care neither hastens nor postpones death. It serves as a support system that is life-enhancing and promotes quality of life for the patient and their family.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is supportive care that provides relief from symptoms and physical/mental stress of a life-limiting illness at any stage of the illness. It can provide along with curative treatments. It is used to control pain, manage symptoms, and help with medical decisions regarding treatment/coordination of care with which the patient is comfortable.
What is a Palliative Transition Program?
Palliative Care can begin at any stage of the disease and can be given during treatment of the disease. This level of palliative care is usually provided under the care of home health. Once aggressive treatment of the disease has been discontinued, palliative care can continue under hospice care.
Care plan with a focus on the patient and their families. This includes open discussion regarding treatment options and advanced care decisions. It is supportive care with home health or hospice.
Address symptoms related to the chronic or life-limiting illness. This includes pain, nausea, decrease in appetite, shortness of breath.
Recognize physical and mental stress related to the illness. This includes anxiety,
depression, fears, and spiritual support as a result of a disease/condition.
Educate the patient and their family on the disease process so they can make an
informed decision related to the treatment of their care. Provide advance care planning and coordination of care support.
Goals of our Palliative Care Program
- Establish a realistic and effective plan of care
- Facilitate advance health care planning
- Discuss disease process and expected course with patient/family
- Prevent unnecessary ER visits/hospitalizations
- Provide psychosocial, emotional and spiritual support
Clinical Benefits of Palliative Care Program
- Improvement in patient/family satisfaciton
- Reduces medical cost from hospitalizations
- Care customized to the patient and family
Our grief support staff assesses the needs of the family following the death of their loved ones who were under our care.
- Annual memorial service
- We offer individual counseling or group family counseling
- We offer monthly grief support groups in our communities.
- Call our office at 337-984-9004 for time and locations.