Coping with a terminal illness?
What do we do?
FirstHealth Hospice provides compassionate, quality care for persons with a life-limiting illness. Patients and their families have an active role in identifying goals of treatment in collaboration with a team of specially trained professionals that typically includes physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors, nurse's aides, chaplains and support volunteers. As a philosophy and concept of care, Hospice affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones death.
Rather, focus is directed toward maintaining the patient in the home while providing quality of life and assisting the patient and family in maintaining their dignity and independence.
We strive to be optimistic but realistic, relieving suffering in any form, whether physical or emotional. Assigned support staff make regular visits to assess symptom management and ensure that changing needs are identified and addressed. Care is coordinated with the patient's personal physician, and the plan of care is reviewed and updated during meetings of the Hospice staff.
With a nurse available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, patients and their families have peace of mind knowing that support is accessible when needed.
Using a team-oriented approach Hospice offers support and care in the following areas:
A registered nurse makes home visits to assess the patient’s condition and teach how to care for the patient – especially management of symptoms. How often the nurse visits depends on the patient’s condition and the physician’s instructions. The nurse is in regular contact with the patient’s physician and can help arrange for special equipment or supplies.
24-hour coverage for evenings, weekends and holiday is available to assist with emergencies as they may arise.
Medical social workers visit every family to help determine strengths and needs. They are available to help with emotional support, coordination of resources, problem-solving, personal adjustment counseling, family counseling and referral to other agencies for financial and other help.
Hospice aides are available to visit the home at regular intervals to give baths and shampoos, to help change the bed and to provide other types of personal care.