Often, the best way to provide care and support for a patient with a live-limiting condition is in the comfort of their home. That’s why our care services include home hospice care.
What Is Home Hospice Care?
Hospice care doesn’t need to be confined to the walls of a hospice center or hospital. Instead, patients uncomfortable with the idea of leaving their home for a long-term care facility can opt for in-home hospice care. This type of care includes almost all the services included in care facilities, with the added benefit of providing familiar and comfortable surroundings for our patients.
How Does Hospice at Home Work?
As with traditional hospice care, end-of-life care at home involves both a primary caregiver and hospice staff. The primary caregiver, who is usually a family member of the patient, makes decisions for the patient, while hospice staff members provide care and support for the patient. Since the hospice care takes place in the patient’s home, this involves regular visits from staff members, scheduled according to the needs of the patient and their primary caregiver. If the patient or primary caregiver ever has a question, concern or request, they can contact hospice staff any day at any time to receive the assistance they need.
The hospice team involved in the care of a home-based patient is very similar to the team involved in the care of patients within a hospice facility. This team is trained to meet the needs of each patient, regardless of what their needs may be. Some of the members of this team include:
- A personal physician
- Home nurses and health aides
- Social workers
- Clergy and other counselors
- Trained volunteers
- Therapists, including speech, physical and occupational therapists
These staff members and the services they provide are available to help every patient, regardless of their background or condition. They are also available under a wide range of medical insurance plans.
What Services Are Included in Home Hospice Care?
Home hospice care is designed to provide patients as much comfort as possible for as long as needed. This includes providing some basic services for the patient and their family, including:
- Pain and symptom management
- Pharmaceutical and medical equipment provision
- Emotional, psychological and spiritual support for the patient
- Care coaching for the primary caregiver and family members
- Grief and bereavement counseling for family members
- Specialized therapy, including speech and physical therapy
- Short-term inpatient care provision in the event the patient’s symptoms worsen, or their caregivers require respite time
Providing a strong support system can do wonders for people affected by life-limiting illnesses or injuries. With Guardian Community Health Systems, patients can enjoy an active and fulfilling life for as long as their condition allows with the help of our trained caregivers. To learn more about how Guardian Community Health Systems can help you or a family member, contact us today online or by phone.