Hospice care focuses on the medical and personal comfort for people with life-threatening illness. Hand in Hand Hospice doctors and nurses help patients to manage the physical symptoms like pain, nausea or breathing difficulty as well as the emotions and anxiety associated with the patient’s illness.
Hospice Aides are provided to help with practical needs like eating, bathing and making sure patients can rest or move around safely. Click the link to learn more about the types of services they provide.
The Hospice Chaplain is involved in patient care from the beginning and provides support to patients, caregivers, and families. They provide non denominational spiritual support based on the patients beliefs, needs and culture. Our chaplain will also perform memorial services for any denomination.
Bereavement services are offered to the family for fourteen months following the loss of a loved one. Visits and literature to comfort and support the family are planned around the needs of the family with more intensive support often provided in the first weeks after loss.
The mission of the social worker is as wide as the range of needs in any particular family. The hospice social worker might work on any issue, from grief counseling to repairing a screen door (or finding the resources for both).
We have partnered with WilBea Medical Equipment, who specialize in only Hospice patients, to provide the best service we can to our patients. To see pictures and descriptions for many of the items Hospice care provides, please click on the link below.
Volunteers are at work in hospices throughout the U.S. and they are an essential part of the hospice philosophy of care which recognizes that dying is not just a medical event but a personal one as well. Trained Volunteers, work as part of the Hospice interdisciplinary team help to “de-institutionalize” the dying experience and to aide in providing a more humane process of care for the dying and their families. Federal law requires that at least 5% of patient care hours be provided by volunteers. Volunteers in hospice find it personally gratifying, intellectually stimulating, and emotionally meaningful to assist those in need at a critical point in their lives. Many of these volunteers were introduced to hospice through the death of a family member and understand first hand the value of hospice care, but nearly 20% of volunteers are new to hospice. Volunteers consistently report that helping the terminally ill through hospice is not about dying but about living.