General Inpatient Hospice Care in a Hospital or Inpatient Center

There may come a time when symptoms are not totally relieved, care-needs become complex or death is imminent and is not desired in the home environment.  Your loved one can then receive short-term inpatient care in his or her hometown hospital or in the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Center.  While in a hospital our team manages the plan of care and oversees the care rendered by skilled hospital staff.  The Inpatient Center, a state-of-the-art 12 bed facility located in Statesboro, offers a home-like environment and accommodations for our families.  Our patients receive around the clock care by expert staff.

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

What does it look like?

Hospice Basics

Whether at home or 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.

What Is Inpatient Respite Care?

When caregivers at home need time off to rest from their care-giving responsibilities, the patient can spend up to five days at a time in the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Center.

What to Expect

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.

Do you Have Questions about hospice care?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns anytime.

We’re here to help.

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