At-Home Hospice Care
At-home, or routine homecare, hospice services are provided in the patient’s home environment. While that may be a residential home, it can include a long-term care facility, an assisted living facility or a personal care home.
In order to be eligible for hospice care under the Medicare/Medicaid benefit, the patient must meet the following hospice guidelines:
- Have a life expectancy of six months or less
- Have a terminal illness that is appropriate for hospice care
- Be receptive to hospice and palliative care, which means that aggressive treatment is no longer being pursued
- Have a referral for hospice services by a physician
Patient’s receiving hospice care in their home setting receive the following services:
- Physician Services and Medical Guidance – Our medical director works with the care team to control pain, manage symptoms, and be absolutely sure your loved one’s needs are being met.
- Nursing Services – Registered nurses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer questions or make home visits. Your case manager will visit your loved one at least once every 7 days, or more often if needed. They assess and manage pain, while serving as the “eyes and ears” to both you and the medical director, communicating any changes in your loved one’s physical condition.
- Certified Nursing Assistants – C.N.A.’s provide personal care, including baths, skin care, oral hygiene and assistance with activities of daily living.
- Medicines and Equipment – Medications and durable medical equipment that are related to the hospice diagnosis are provided. Medical supplies, such as diapers, pads and wipes, are supplemented.
- Social Work – A social worker will provide you with emotional support, help obtain community and financial resources, and assist with documents and legal issues.
- Spiritual Support – Our chaplains will work with you and your own clergy to provide spiritual comfort to people of all faiths. They are available to help guide and listen to you and your loved one as you work through the deepest questions at this difficult time.
- Bereavement Support – Our bereavement team will be available to families for 13 months after your loved one passes away, providing ongoing grief support.
- Trained Volunteers – Volunteers bring compassion, respect and dignity to the last days of a person’s life. Our trained volunteers provide emotional support as well as in home respite care.