Hospice is a philosophy of care. Dated back to the early ages, hospices were way stations run by monks for weary travelers. The way stations would provide total care to the traveler – food, medical attention, and boarding, along their journey. Today’s hospice programs are much like those way stations. The traveler is the patient. And the journey, is the journey of life.
Hospice care is different then traditional “cure care.” Much like doctors refer their patients to specialists in a specific area of care, hospice is the specialist at end of life. Hope is not forgotten or ignored when the Catholic Hospice team enters into a patient’s home. Our goal is to keep our patients as comfortable as possible, while treating the symptoms of their disease, and enabling them to live their lives as fully as possible. Catholic Hospice provides individualized care to their patients based on their personal needs. Our supportive care complements that of family and loved ones, and includes:
Scheduled visits by care team members including:
Nurses—RNs and LPNs
Home Health Aides
Medical Social Workers
Spiritual Counselors and Pastoral Care
Pain management and symptom control
Medications related to the patient’s admitting diagnosis
Equipment and supplies necessary to enhance the quality of life
Short-term respite care as permitted under the Hospice Medicare Benefit
Short-term inpatient care when appropriate
On-call nursing for emergencies and additional support 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
Community education regarding terminal illness and related topics.