If you or a loved one has a terminal illness and you’ve exhausted all treatment options, you might consider Guardian’s hospice care. We will provide a team of health care professionals who maximizes comfort for a person who is terminally ill by reducing pain, addressing physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs while residing in the comfort of home.
What Is Hospice Care?
Hospice care is a support service specially designed to support the physical and psychological needs of patients. Whether at home or in a designated hospice care facility, end-of-life care involves a dedicated team of medical professionals trained to provide care to people facing life-limiting illnesses or injuries. Instead of focusing on curing medical conditions, hospice care focuses on providing comfort and support to the patient and their family, whether it’s in a hospital, hospice center, nursing home or the patient’s house.
How Does End-of-Life Care Work?
Hospice care is a team effort involving both the hospice staff and the patient’s primary caregiver — usually, this primary caregiver is a member of the patient’s family. The patient’s primary caregiver helps make decisions for the patient, while the hospice staff stands ready to give the patient the care and attention they need with regular visits and services.
Hospice care teams will typically include a variety of professionals trained in several medical specialties. These include the following:
- Personal physician for individualized medical evaluations
- Hospice physician or medical director
- Nurses for everyday end-of-life nursing care and support
- Home health aides for residential assistance
- Social workers
- Clergy and counselors for spiritual and emotional care
- Trained volunteers for providing general support services
- Speech, physical and occupational therapists when necessary
This hospice staff is usually on call, so the patient and their family can rely on 24/7 support and expertise. Hospice services, both at home and in hospice care centers, are available for all patients, regardless of their background or condition, and they are covered under most health insurance plans.
What Services Are Provided?
Guardian Community Health Systems provides counseling, respite care and practical support on top of our end-of-life care nursing. Some of the many hospice services we provide include the following:
Bereavement and Grief Care
24/7 Office Support
Care for Veterans
Care for People of All Backgrounds
When Should You Contact Hospice Care?
If you or a family member have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, making an informed decision about available health care and support services is one of the best things you can do. The earlier you pursue hospice care, the more benefits you and your family can enjoy.
We typically recommend hospice care for individuals with a prognosis of a year or less. Medicare will usually cover people with a prognosis of six months or less. Even with a longer prognosis, you can still benefit from the support systems offered by Guardian Community Health Systems — our support services, palliative care and therapy services benefit all individuals with live-limiting conditions.
Illness and injury can greatly affect a person’s daily life. Fortunately, a strong support system of trained caregivers can do much to improve their physical and emotional well-being. With the support services offered by Guardian Community Health Systems, people can pursue fulfilling, active lives for as long as possible. Contact Guardian Community Health Systems today to learn more about how our hospice care services can help you and your family.