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Hospice

Care 

What is Hospice?

Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support compassionately to patients and their families when a limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatment. Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death, but focuses rather on the quality of life’s possibilities. The goal of hospice is to improve the quality of a patient’s remaining days by delivering exceptional care with an emphasis on comfort, dignity, and compassion. With an emphasis on quality of life rather than quantity, we maintain the core belief that our patients should be allowed to complete their days in peace, without pain, and in the company of their loved ones with their comfort and dignity preserved. With a strong emphasis on medical and Holistic management, we routinely deliver the following services and supplies.

Physician Oversight and Home Visits

The hospice physician works with the patient’s preferred doctor, who can choose the level to which they wish to participate. The hospice physician closely monitors the progression of the patient’s illness and prescribes appropriate medications and healthcare directions to the other members of the team.

Coordination of Care

The interdisciplinary team coordinates and supervises all care 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. This team is responsible for making sure that all involved disciplines share information. This is achieved through bi-weekly care staff meetings and family care conferences.

Volunteer Services

Hospice volunteers are specially trained in hospice and end-of-life issues to provide compassionate support for patients and families. Volunteers offer companionship, crafting, pet visits, and more.

Social Worker

Provide assessments and assistance in obtaining community resource services and support.

Bereavement Services

The bereavement specialist addresses both anticipatory grief and loss after death. Hospice supports families after a death for up to 13 months with consistent contact, support groups, grief education and one-on-one visits.

Chaplain
& Spiritual

Regardless of a person’s beliefs or nationality, hospice chaplains are available to address the spiritual issues that often arise as a patient nears death. The hospice chaplain is there for the patient and the family and honors the cultural traditions and values they hold dear.

Nursing Care
  • RN, LVN/LPN

  • Medication Management

  • Chronic Illness Management

  • Infusion Therapy & IV Antibiotic Service

  • Colostomy Care

  • Diabetes Management & Education

  • Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care

  • Wound Care

  • G-Tube Care

  • Trach Care

  • Colostomy Care

Nutrition Counseling

Education on proper nutrition by registered dieticians

Education on proper nutrition by registered dieticians

Education on proper nutrition by registered dieticians

Four Levels of Care

Routine Care 

Routine Care is our typical approach to Hospice Care: in patients' home, long term care facilities, and nursing homes.

Respite
Care

Respite Care provides a brief (up to five days) "respite" for the patient's primary caregiver by admitting the patient to a facility.

Inpatient Care

Inpatient Care located within nursing home facilities is an option if a patient's needs cannot be managed at home. The Hospice Care Team will continue services throughout the time away from home.

Continuous Care

Continuous Care, also known as Crisis or Comfort Care, is provided when medically necessary for symptom management. Our Hospice staff is bedside 24 hours a day so the patient can avoid hospitalization.

Mission: To provide physical, emotional, social and spiritual support to terminally ill patients, as well as their families and loved ones, while assisting patients, to live with dignity and comfort as they cope with end of life issues.

Values:

Pacific Point Health Care Services recognizes these values and their role in fulfilling our mission

     Commitment to Our Patients – We recognize the unique physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of each person receiving health care services at home. We strive to extend the highest level of courtesy, safety, and service to patients, family/caregivers, visitors, and each other.

     Commitment to Innovation – We deliver state-of-the-art home care services. We engage in a wide range of continuing education, clinical education, and other programs for professionals and the public.

     Commitment to Excellence  We strive to create an environment of teamwork and participation, where, through continuous performance improvement and open communication, health care professionals pursue excellence and take pride in their work, the organization, and their personal development. We believe that the quality of our human resources is the key to our continued success. We maintain financial viability through a cost-effective operation to meet the long-term commitment to the community.

 

Who decides when Hospice is right for you?

You decide it’s that simple. The decision is made by you with the input of your physician or loved ones. You can also later decide to discontinue hospice services should you wish to seek curative therapies.

Who pays for Hospice?

Hospice is fully funded by the Medicare Hospice Benefit. There are no out-of-pocket expenses to the patient. Most private insurances also cover Hospice. We would be happy to find out what your benefits cover.