Compassionate Care for Life's Final Journey
Continuum Care Hospice is a program of services, rather than a place. The services are provided by an interdisciplinary group (IDG) in collaboration with the patient, family members/caregivers, and the patient’s primary care physician.
The IDG includes: Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Pastoral (Spiritual) Counselors, Social Workers, Hospice Aides, Medical Director, Volunteer Coordinator and Trained Volunteers, and Bereavement Coordinator.
Hospice affirms life. This is achieved by enhancing the quality of life. Hospice provides support and care for persons in the final stages of life so that they may live in comfort and dignity, surrounded by the warm and loving presence of their families, friends, and caregivers.
The goal of the hospice is to provide palliative care that addresses the physical, psychosocial, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of service for the terminally ill as an integrated whole. Continuum Care Hospice is guided by the principals of responsive care, teamwork, leadership, and stewardship. Care to the patient and caregivers will enable those served to experience death with grace and dignity.
The primary objectives of the hospice program are as follows:
- To provide quality comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, and compassionate care
- To utilize an interdisciplinary group (IDG) for care planning and delivery
- To manage the patient’s pain and other symptoms
- To maintain the patient in his/her own home or assure an inpatient setting as homelike as possible
- To maximize patient/family autonomy, decision making, and respect their beliefs, goals, and choices
- To facilitate the patient’s and family’s capacity for reconciliation and closure
- To provide bereavement services to family/significant others
- To educate the community about death and dying
- To collaborate with other community resources to optimize continuity of care and comprehensive services.