Hospice care is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to individuals with a life-limiting illness and extends support to their family members and caregivers. Hospice care provides expert pain and symptom management along with emotional and spiritual support.
Hospice care is typically provided within the last six months of a person’s life by a team of healthcare professionals who work together to develop a personalized plan of care based on a person’s individual needs, goals and wishes. This interdisciplinary team is made up of physicians, registered nurses, social workers, chaplains, hospice aides, trained volunteers, bereavement counselor and other therapists.
Hospice focuses on caring for a person’s whole health rather than curing diseases. Under the care of Hospice, the needs of the patient, caregiver and family unit are all addressed as they navigate life with a serious illness. Since its inception, hospice has focused on bringing quality, compassionate care to patients and families across St. Lawrence County, regardless of their location.
What can you expect while on service?
- Visits from staff to assess the patient’s condition and changing needs
- Management of pain and other difficult symptoms
- Assistance with bathing, personal care and other needs
- Medications, equipment and supplies to keep the patient comfortable
- Assistance from social workers and spiritual care staff to address the emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family
- Case management services to link families with additional programs and services
- Education and support for the family and caregiver
- Grief support