The hospice team develops a care plan that meets the patient’s individual needs for pain management and symptom relief. The plan also outlines the medical and support services that will be required. This may include nursing care, personal care for the patient (such as dressing, bathing and basic hygiene), physician visits, social services and homemaker services. It also identifies the medical equipment, tests, procedures, medication and treatments necessary to provide high quality comfort care.
Even though a member of the hospice team visits regularly, a family member serves as the primary caregiver to the patient. Members of the CTMC Hospice staff make regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care or other services. A member of the hospice team is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist in emergencies.
CTMC hospice provides:
- Skilled Nursing Services
- Medical Social Worker
- Rehabilitation Services (Occupational, Physical & Speech Therapy)
- Home Health Aides
- Bereavement Care
- Respite Care
- Caring Volunteers
- 24-hour a day access to a registered nurse
- Medications associated with terminal illness are covered
- Medical equipment and supplies related to terminal illness are covered
Guidelines for hospice admission:
- Certify terminally ill and have prognoses of six months or less
- Patient must elect hospice benefit under the care of a physician
Is Hospice Care what I am looking for?
Hospice care is not for every terminally ill patient. This level of care is designed for patients when the following conditions are met:
- A physician-confirmed illness with a life expectancy of six months or less, and a doctor who will continue care in partnership with a hospice team.
- A family member or caregiver willing to provide at-home care (staff in nursing homes may be caregivers) with CTMC Hospice team assistance and guidance.
- A patient who prefers to spend their last days in comfort rather than in various treatments including chemotherapy.