Quality Care, Home Comforts
Hospice provides most care for terminally ill patients and their families in private homes. A primary care person (usually a spouse, relative or friend) provides the day-to-day care. When possible, during periods of acute crisis Hospice provides a staff member or volunteer for extended time periods.
In-Home Care Provided by Hospice
When a person becomes a Hospice patient he or she will receive the following care services in the home where he or she resides.
Once admitted into the Hospice program:
- The nurse will assess the patient’s condition, teach the family how to care for the patient and assist with pain management and symptom control.
- The patient's primary nurse visits regularly and a nurse is on call 24 hours a day for emergencies.
- The certified nursing assistant will assist with bathing and other personal needs.
- The social worker will assist the family in dealing with financial, relationship and other issues that result from a terminal illness.
- The chaplain will provide spiritual care at the patient’s request.
- The volunteer will provide companionship, a listening ear and a friend to lean on for both the patient and the caregiver.
- The medical director, in support of the patient’s physician, will advise the Hospice nurse with regard to pain management and symptom control.
- The bereavement counselor will help family members work through their grief during an extended period following the loss of their loved one.
Please email us or call 828.245.0095 for additional information about Hospice of Rutherford County's in-home care option.