Hospice is a patient support system that keeps the patient comfortable, teaches the family how to care for the patient, and provides spiritual and emotional support. The journey is always difficult and the decisions can be confusing and challenging. At Hospice of the Valley, we are committed to walking with you on this journey every step of the way.
The mission of Hospice Care is to meet the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of the patient and family, enabling them to experience life and death with grace and dignity. This level of care is for patients who have a life-limiting illness and are no longer seeking curative treatment. Hospice care is provided to patients with diagnosis such as: cancer, dementia, heart, liver, lung, kidney and other life-threatening diseases. Physician referral is required.
Additional levels and services of hospice care:
- In-Home Hospice Care is provided in the patient's place of residence, that may be at home, an assisted/independent living or long-term care facility. Routine home care is the most commonly used level of care. This level of care provides medical equipment, supplies or medications needed by the patient for comfort measures that are related to the patient's admission diagnosis.
- In-patient Hospice Care is utilized during times of acute medical crisis when a patient's symptoms or needs can no longer be managed at home.
- Respite Hospice Care is designed to provide a break for caregivers if needed.
- Continuous Care is a level of care within hospice that is provided when a patient needs crisis care to achieve palliative (relief from symptoms) or management of acute medical symptoms. This level of care is beneficial to enable the patient to stay at home rather than go to an emergency facility.
Hospice bereavement care is provided to help families and caregivers cope with the grief that occurs during the illness and eventual death of the patient. Community bereavement services are provided through our Community Bereavement Center.