Hospice Care in Your Home, Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility
Whether at home, in a nursing home or assisted living facility, your loved one will receive services through a caring and highly trained interdisciplinary team of professionals and support staff. These skilled individuals perform their duties with a deep commitment to the mission of Ogeechee Area Hospice.
- The Attending Physician continues the patient’s primary medical management while coordinating with the hospice team in directing care.
- The Hospice Medical Director meets with the team members, reviews the patient’s medical record, consults on the plan of care and collaborates with the attending physician.
- Registered Nurses visit the patient as often as needed, evaluating the physical needs of the patient. The hospice nurse provides education to the family members about the disease process. The hospice nurse is very knowledgeable about pain and symptom control and is able to be the consistent eyes and ears of the physician.
- Social Workers review the overall emotional and practical needs of the patient and family. They research and introduce community resources, help in planning patient setting changes and provide emotional and psychological support to the entire family during this vulnerable time.
- Chaplains provide spiritual support for the patient and his or her family.
- Hospice Nursing Assistants provide personal care for the patient, including bathing, dressing, changing bed linens, grooming and light household tasks.
- Volunteers provide companionship, emotional support, practical household tasks, or allow the caregivers respite time.
- The Physical Therapist may evaluate the functional capabilities of the patient and/or teach the family various transfer techniques.
- Speech and Occupational Therapists are available for patients with unique needs.
With a family centered approach to care, the team develops an individualized plan of care with the patient/family. The plan of care will include all necessary medications to control symptoms and all medical equipment needed for comfort and care, at no cost to you.
General Inpatient Hospice Care in a Hospital or Inpatient Center
Issues that might initiate the need for inpatient care include:
- Uncontrolled pain
- Uncontrolled nausea and vomiting
- Pathological fractures
- Respiratory distress
- Wound care requiring complex and/or frequent dressing changes
- Severe agitation or acute anxiety or depression
- Disease process requiring intensive intervention
- Imminent Death with family desiring inpatient care
Inpatient Respite Care
Loss through death is very difficult. The purpose of our Bereavement Program is to offer opportunities to develop an understanding of grief, learn healthy coping skills and share feelings with others who are experiencing loss. Family members are given support for 13 months after the death of their loved one. We support our grieving families with:
- Telephone contact
- Support Groups
- Memorial Services
- Children’s Bereavement Camp (Camp Lilly-Welle)
- Holiday Activities
Benefits You Can Rely On
- Focus on both the family and the patient as the unit of care.
- Comprehensive care plans that reflect the combined physical, sociological, emotional, educational and spiritual needs and choices of the patient and family.
- Care management coordinated between both home and inpatient care settings.
- An interdisciplinary team model of care with physician direction.
- Team members that are specially trained in comfort care techniques and interventions.
- Registered nurses are available on a 24-hour, 7 day a week basis.
- Availability of nursing assistants to assist with personal hygiene and activities of daily living.
- Prescription drugs to control symptoms, medical supplies and equipment for comfort.
- Hospice-trained volunteers to render practical and emotional support when desired.
- The opportunity to receive general inpatient care or inpatient respite care.
- Additional service such as bereavement care; support groups and family counseling.