St. Gabriel's Hospice and Palliative Care

What Does Hospice Care Provide?

The services provided by hospice care revolve around patients with one or more diagnoses which include life-limiting conditions associated with cancer, heart disease, dementias, brain injuries and other physical, psychological, and/or physiological maladies.  Though there is no absolutely precise method for determining when a patient with a terminal condition will pass away, doctors can, quite accurately, estimate an end-of-life assessment, in many cases.   

Hospice is not a place, per se, but involves specific services which make up a comprehensive supportsystemfor a person, as mentioned, with limited life expectancy.    Hospice care and services can take place in the patient's home, a nursing home, hospice center, long-term care facility, or hospital setting.  Services from hospice cater, also, to family and friends of the patient to help support and encourage everyone who is, lovingly, involved.

Specific Hospice Services

Comprehensive, interdisciplinary services cater to each patient's requirements and requests.  These services would include any, or all, of the following, depending on individual circumstances:

***  management of pain

***  assistance with the emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual components associated with dying

***  provision of drugs and medical supplies

***  offering speech therapy, physical therapy, art therapy and music therapy, as appropriate

***  inclusion of short-term inpatient care when caregivers request or require a respite period

***   provision of bereavement and counseling to surviving family members and friends

It's a Team Effort

Specialized visits from physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, volunteers, and others come together in hospice-oriented facilities.  When out-of-the-home locations are chosen for hospice care, written agreements will be in order to fully serve the patients, involved.

When in-home hospice care is chosen, a hospital bed, bedside commode, medications, bandages and other necessary supplies and equipment are supplied, as needed.  Prior to the beginning of in-home hospice care, however, a hospice provider will assess a patient's needs and make any helpful recommendations and assist with procuring the needed equipment or supplies.

The primary-care physician and attendant nurses coordinate the details of a patient's care, while home health aides help patients with daily personal needs.  A vast array of other trained personnel assist with a patient's care such as spiritual counselors and social workers who help patients and loved ones to optimally cope with end-of-life circumstances.  Bereavement counselors work closely with family and friends to help them process and handle the death of their loved one, and move forward.  Dedicated volunteers play a crucial role as well.  They help at-home caregivers with various tasks as well as transport patients, when needed.  Respite care that takes place in a facility for a designated period of time, allows family caregivers an often, much-needed break since caring for hospice patients can be very taxing, both, physically and emotionally, since in-home care is an intense, round-the-clock responsibility.  

Every year, more than 1.65 million Americans receive hospice care; and it is all about transitioning from how to get a longer life through a cure, to receiving the best quality of life with whatever time remains. 

 Hospice care embraces the quality of life every bit as importantly as the length of life.    

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