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Hospice Focuses On Care & Comfort


The word “Hospice” comes from medieval times when “hospitality” shelters provided rest for the sick or weary travelers. Modern Hospice was established in England to provide special care for persons making their journey through a terminal illness. Today, Hospice focuses on care and comfort rather than cure.

Hospice care concentrates on the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient as-well-as family members and loved ones. Satisfying these needs helps the patient to focus on living each day as fully as possible. Comfort to most people is experiencing pain control and remaining in their own environment surrounded by family and friends. Family members / caregivers, with the help and guidance of the Hospice team, share in the care of the patient, providing a fulfilling alternative healthcare for those with a terminal illness.

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The Philosophy Of Hospice

Hospice is a philosophy focused on providing palliative (comfort) care to patients in their end-of-life stages. To carry out these services, Aberdeen Place Hospice utilizes a medically-directed Interdisciplinary Team involving patient, family, loved ones, professionals and volunteers.

The Goals Of Hospice Care Are Comfort, Dignity & Quality Of Life

The difference between this and other treatments is that the focus is on the “patient living with the illness”, rather than on the illness itself. People may choose palliation before “all else has failed” if they feel that the burdens of continued curative treatment outweighs its benefits.

Preparing Emotionally & Spiritually For End-Of-Life

Every effort is made by the Hospice team to provide maximum physical comfort for the patient. Hospice then focuses on the heads and hearts of those going through this experience – preparing them emotionally and spiritually for death. Aberdeen Place Hospice considers this just as important to provide services for family/loved ones as we do for our patients.

Four Levels of Hospice Care

There are four levels of Hospice care that are “required services” and must be provided under specific circumstances. Click the tabs below to learn more about each level of Hospice care.

Routine Home Care
Routine home care is the basic level of care under the Hospice benefit. If a patient resides in a nursing home, it can also be called routine nursing home care. Routine home care services include: RN Case Manager visits, Medical Social Worker visits, Chaplain visits, Certified Nurse Aide services, Hospice Medical Director Therapy Services, if indicated, Medications that pertain to Hospice diagnosis and Medical Equipment and Supplies that pertain to Hospice diagnosis.

Respite Care
This level of care is used more for the family / caregiver than for the patient. The purpose is to provide a break for the caregiver who may be experiencing exhaustion/caregiver breakdown. The patient is temporarily placed in a contracted facility to provide rest for the caregiver. 

General Inpatient Care
Our goal is to keep the patient and family together at home during their Hospice care. However, there are times when pain or other distressing symptoms cannot be managed at home. These patients may be admitted to a contracted inpatient facility. This may only take a few days, after which the patient may return home. Inpatient care is considered short term and would be discontinued once the patient’s symptoms are under control and they are comfortable. 

Continuous Nursing Care
If a patient develops physical or emotional symptoms that are not easily managed with routine care, continuous care may be an option. Continuous care provides more intense care in the patient’s home environment. A nurse and/or a certified nurse aide will remain in the patient’s home environment for a minimum of 8 up to 24 hours per day to administer medications, treatments and support until the symptoms are under control. Continuous care is considered a short-term level of care and is re­evaluated every 24 hours. 

What Is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is treatment that enhances, comforts, and improves the quality of the patient’s life. The test of palliative treatment lies in the agreement by the patient, the physician, the primary caregiver, and the hospice team that the expected outcome is relief form distressing symptoms, easing of pain, and enhancement of quality of life.

Hospice Volunteers Provide Extra Support

Aberdeen Place Hospice volunteers are great support to patients and family members before, during and after death. Our volunteers provide extra support for staff through office assistance and patient/family care. Often times they personalize, enhance, and expand the services offered to patients and families. Our volunteers are supported and recognized as integral members of our Compassionate Team.

Volunteer Qualifications

• Must be 18 years of age or older
• Must have care and concern for others
• Must relate good communication skills
• Must maintain confidentiality
• Must be dependable and reliable
• Ability to accept supervision and evaluation
• Acceptance of cultural and value differences

Volunteer Opportunities

• Patient/Family Direct Support
• Patient/Family Indirect Support
• Office Support
• Community Outreach
• Professional Services 

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