Palliative Care is defined by hospice as treatment which enhances comfort and improves the quality of a patient’s life. The goals of intervention are pain control, symptom management, quality of life enhancement, and spiritual-emotional comfort for patients and their primary care support. Each patient’s needs are continuously assessed and all treatment options are explored and evaluated in the context of the patient’s values and symptoms.
The hospice medical director will consult with the attending physician(s) regarding pain and symptom control. Review the continued eligibility for hospice services. Act as a resource for the interdisciplinary team. Provide a system for continued education for hospice staff …
Nursing services are based on registered nurses’ initial and ongoing assessments of the patient’s needs by a registered nurse and are provided in accordance with standard nursing practice and the interdisciplinary team plan of care.
Nursing assistant services are based on the registered nurse’s initial and ongoing assessments of the patient’s personal care needs and supervision of care. They assist patients with hygiene, feeding, light housekeeping and similar daily personal care activities .
Social work services are based on an initial and continuing assessment of patient and family psychosocial needs conducted by a social worker and provided in accordance with the interdisciplinary team plan of care to assist the patient and family in dealing with the psychosocial aspects of terminal illness.
Counseling services provide information and support during all facets of the dying and grieving process to help the patient and family cope with terminal illness, death, and bereavement.
Spiritual Care services that are consistent with patient and family beliefs and desire for service through a qualified interdisciplinary team member and/or through local clergy or spiritual counselors.
Volunteer services are designed to play a vital role in enhancing the quality of care delivered to the patient and family by encouraging community participation in the overall hospice program.
• Nutritional Counseling
• Pharmaceutical needs of patients , consistent with Board of Pharmacy regulations
• Pathology and Laboratory services which comply with CLIA guidelines and meet patients needs
• Access to Service, Medications, Equipment, and Supplies
• Safety and Emergency Preparedness
• Infection Control