Most of LifeCare Hospice’s patients are served in their home, whether that is a private residence, an assisted living facility, or a nursing facility. When asked, most people say that they want to remain in their homes until the end of their life, or at least as long as possible. LifeCare Hospice assists our patients with this every day. We have seen time and again that the supports that LifeCare Hospice provides can assist individuals to stay home longer.
Hospice At Home
The support needed to keep a patient at home is different for each individual, but LifeCare Hospice has a full team of staff and volunteers to assist in meeting each patient’s unique needs.
- Nurses visit regularly to monitor medications and ensure that patients are comfortable and able to function at the highest level possible.
- Hospice aides are available to assist with activities such as bathing and other personal care.
- Social Workers visit to discuss what resources are available to help patients remain as independent as possible, to support caregivers so that they can care for their loved one longer, and to address concerns as they arise.
- Chaplains visit to provide emotional support to patients and their families, providing encouragement along the journey.
- Volunteers are available for a wide variety of services from companionship to assistance with medication delivery to occasional respite breaks for the caregiver.
- Other team members such as physicians, pharmacists and dieticians provide recommendations to ensure that any barrier to a patient achieving his or her goal is removed.
- Necessary medical equipment is provided by LifeCare Hospice to allow patients greater comfort and safety.
- While hospice is not a 24hour caregiving service, LifeCare staff members are only a phone call away to answer questions or provide guidance to a caregiver anytime of the day or night. LifeCare’s after-hours staff members are available to make visits to the home if any concerns arise, even in the middle of the night.
If at any time, a patient’s needs exceed what is able to be provided at home, the LifeCare Hospice team will work with the patient and the family to explore options available. If the care of a facility is needed, LifeCare Hospice will continue to support the patient and family in the assisted living or nursing facility. (Hospice in the Assisted Living or Nursing Facility)