We care. more. with skilled nursing visits, social work visits, spiritual support, pain & symptom management, medication management, personal care needs, home-medical-equipment coordination.
We help provide peace and support when facing a life-limiting illness. We listen to your wishes and consider your family’s needs for the highest quality of life possible and to live each day to its fullest.
Our hospice care teams include specially trained professionals and volunteers.
- Physicians: Patients’ physicians become part of the hospice team directing care.
- Registered Nurses: Nurses make regularly scheduled visits and provide expert pain management and symptom control techniques. Nurses are available 24/7.
- Certified Home Health Professionals: Assist with personal care such as bathing and feeding.
- Social Work Professionals: Provide emotional support and counseling to patients and families.
- Chaplain: Provides spiritual support to patients and families, if desired.
- Bereavement Counselors: Offer support and counseling for family members of all ages.
To make patients as comfortable as possible, we provide a comprehensive combination of health and supportive care, including:
- Pain and symptom management
- Medication management
- Nurse on call (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
- Regular registered nurse visits
- Home health professional visits to help with personal care
- Emotional and spiritual support
- Home medical equipment coordination
- Bereavement care for the patient’s family for up to 13 months
- Arrangements for medical supplies, medications and equipment needed in the home
Comfort in Your Home
Care is provided in a patient’s home—whether a family residence, assisted living facility, nursing home or hospital.
Medicare and most health insurance companies cover some or all hospice services. We will assist in clarifying coverage.
Questions to Consider
When should the conversation about hospice begin? Considering hospice care and having that discussion with family members or health care professionals can be difficult. However, it’s appropriate and important to discuss all care options—including hospice—during treatment of a life-limiting illness. Most hospices accept patients who have a life-expectancy of six months or less and who are referred by their personal physician.
Signs a Person May Be Ready for Hospice?
To determine if hospice care is a good fit, call us at (616) 464-1117. Considerations include:
- Treatment for a cure is no longer being tolerated or recommended
- Pain, nausea, breathing distress and other symptoms have increased and are decreasing quality of life
- Patient failing to “bounce back” after medical set-backs
- Decrease in alertness. Patient is emotionally withdrawn, sleeping more or having increased difficulty with comprehension
- Significantly decreased appetite and weight loss