Regional Hospice Philosophy
Hospice is a special kind of care designed to provide sensitivity, care, and support for people living with a terminal illness. Hospice is about living life to the fullest in secure and familiar surroundings with those who matter most—family and friends.
We believe that each person has the right to die pain-free and with dignity.
We believe in supporting the caregiver as well as the patient.
How Hospice Works
Hospice services are available to patients who have a terminal illness where the goal of treatment is pain management and symptom control. Services are provided by a team of trained professionals – physicians, nurses, chaplains, social workers, aides, and volunteers – who provide medical care and support services. Some medical equipment and medications related to the patients terminal illness may also by supplied.
How Does Someone Enroll in Hospice?
Patients may be referred to Regional Hospice by their primary physician, family members, friends, clergy, or other health care professionals. A call to one of our local offices is all that is needed to start the process. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day.
How Hospice Care is Unique and Special
- Hospice treats the person. The interdisciplinary hospice team is made up of professionals who address the medical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of the patient and family. The plan of care is determined by the patient's needs and wishes.
- Hospice emphasizes quality of life. Hospice affirms life and regards dying as a normal process. Hospice emphasizes living one's remaining days as fully as possible. Hospice stresses human values that go beyond the physical needs of the patient.
- Hospice offers help and support to the patient and family on a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week basis. Hospice RN's are on call 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week to help patients and families cope with emergency situations. Patients routinely receive in-home services of a nurse, home health aide, social worker, chaplain and volunteers.
- Bereavement follow-up. The hospice team is trained to help a family deal with grief and end-of-life issues. Bereavement support and resources are available throughout hospice care, at the end of life, through the grieving process and beyond. Hospice follows the family through the grieving process for a minimum of 13 months after the loss of their loved one and helps the family go on living.
What Regional Hospice provides...
- Skilled Nursing Services
- Home Health Aide (visits determined by family need)
- Social Services
- Volunteer Services
- Spiritual Care
- Bereavement Care
- Durable Medical Equipment (hospital bed, commode, oxygen, etc.)
- Medical Costs Paid (when related to illness)
- Respite Care
- Encouragement to continue away-from-home experiences
- Memorial Gatherings