Hospice care is a compassionate, family-centered approach to the care, support and treatment of a patient who likely has six months or less to live. The goal of hospice care is to help the patient maintain comfort and dignity through the last stage of life. Allen County Regional Hospital Hospice offers high-quality hospice care in a variety of settings, including a patient’s home, assisted-living facilities and long-term care homes, and it provides these benefits for patients, family and friends:
- Anticipatory grief programs for children
- Assistance with community resources
- Bereavement support
- Community education
- Emotional and spiritual support
- Instruction in care giving
- Pain and symptom management
- Peace of mind
- Pediatric care
- Professional grief counseling
- Regularly scheduled visits by health care professionals
- Respite care and support from trained hospice volunteers
- RN on-call 24 hours a day
Hospice care providers will help you arrange for necessary equipment, prepare an individualized care plan, and discuss health and comfort concerns with the patient, family and medical providers. Hospice care is about making choices that are right for each patient and family.
Patients must be the ones who make the decision to enter hospice care. Feel free to discuss hospice care at any time with your doctor and he or she will assist in hospice care decision-making.