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Thursday, December 14th 2017

Hospice of the Valley


Options for Care

The journey is always difficult and the decisions can be confusing and challenging. There are options and the choice of what path you take is yours. We offer a continuum of care to provide for the individual needs of our patients and families.  We offer different levels of care to meet the patient where they are on this journey.

Level 1: Hospice Care

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 symtoms.  This level of care is beneficial to enable the patient to stay at home rather than go to an emergency facility.

Level 2: Bereavement

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 Berevement Center.