Hospice Care at Home in Private Residences- Most people with terminal illnesses would prefer to remain at home in familiar surroundings and in the presence of their loved ones. Community Hospices makes that possible by educating and assisting families and friends to care for patients at home.
A patient care plan is individually designed to provide comfort and relief from many symptoms. A team of specially trained medical professionals is assigned to each patient.
The Interdisciplinary Teams
Nurse Case Manager – nurses specially trained in palliative care provide pain and symptom management, care planning, and patient assessments
Certified Home Health Aide – aides provide additional personal care or companionship often necessary for terminally ill residents
Social Worker – social workers listen, counsel and provide support concerning legal, social, and financial issues such as insurance, living wills, and nutrition assistance
Chaplain – chaplains answer questions, counsel, and provide emotional and spiritual support to patients, their families, and loved ones
Volunteers – specially trained volunteers provide companionship and support for patients and families, if wanted
In addition to being experts in symptom management, hospice teams advocate for whatever is necessary and possible to meet patients’ unique, end-of-life needs and wishes which might include:
Medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, that are required to treat terminal illnesses
Supplies or medical equipment necessary to treat Patients’ terminal illnesses
Therapies – physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy are integrated into patients’ plans of care as necessary. Therapy is recommended when it will contribute to patients continuing independence, not for curative purposes.
Nutrition – A dietician works with the hospice team to evaluate a patients’ nutritional needs and provide nutritional support consultation as needed.
Attending physician – The attending physician is the physician identified by the patient as having the most significant role in determining or delivering patient medical care. The attending physician remains an active part of the hospice process, and may be the referring physician.
Hospice medical directors – Our hospice medical directors are available to answer questions the patients and/or families may have regarding hospice medical care. Both the patients’ physicians and the hospice medical directors may work together to coordinate medical care, especially when symptoms are difficult to manage.
On-call team – We have on-call teams available around the clock, 24-7, to answer questions, offer advice or to make necessary visits to patients’ homes
Family Care Plan
Community Hospices understands the emotional toll that the loss of a loved one causes, especially after a long and difficult illness. Our comprehensive bereavement support program includes regularly scheduled support groups, workshops, individual counseling, and other resources.