The mission of Continuum Care Hospice is to provide comprehensive coordinated care for persons with life-limiting illnesses so they may live as fully and comfortably as possible until the end of life and offer continued support to the bereaved.
Continuum Care Hospice is committed to the provision of excellent care for the communities we serve. As an integral part of the healthcare system, hospice leads in the planning and provision of services at the end of life. The communities we serve are fully aware of the accessible, cost-effective, and compassionate care we provide.
Criteria for admission to the Continuum Care Hospice program include: experiencing a serious, life-threatening illness with a life expectancy of 6 months or less if the illness runs its normal course; desire for comfort-oriented care; approval of both the primary care physician and the hospice medical director, and reside in our service area.
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.
The primary objectives of the hospice program are as follows:
Hospice is a special kind of care designed to provide sensitivity and support for people in each phase of terminal illness and is based on a philosophy which embraces six significant concepts:
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Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans and HMOs provide coverage for hospice services. Costs related to the hospice diagnosis, as determined by the hospice IDG members, are covered at 100%. We will not refuse admission to patients regardless of their ability to pay.