Surveys show that the vast majority of people in the U.S. want to die at home, free of pain, surrounded by their loved ones. Unfortunately, the majority of people die in a facility, away from their family, and experiencing unnecessary discomfort.
Hospice Continuous Care is an end-of-life option that provides the patient and their family with comfort, compassion, and dignity in their home. The model for quality and compassionate care at the end of life, hospice involves a team oriented approach providing pain and symptom management. Emotional and spiritual support is expressly tailored to the patient’s goals of care.
One of the four levels of hospice care, Continuous Care provides intensive hospice support at bedside, around the clock, for brief periods of time during a crisis in which the patient requires predominately nursing care to achieve palliation or management of acute medical problems.
Continuous Care is provided in the patient’s home, assisted living facility, or nursing home by experienced medical staff available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private and managed care insurance, however, prior authorization may be required. St. Joseph Hospice nurses and certified nursing assistants are available to provide direct care such as (but not limited to):
- uncontrolled agitation/anxiety
- uncontrolled respiratory distress
- uncontrolled nausea and vomiting
- uncontrolled pain
- family/caregiver crisis
St. Joseph Hospice provides 24-hour access via consultations or visits by Board Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Physicians who are available during times of crisis to direct care. The experienced staff and physician will the reduce fears and anxiety, while effectively managing symptoms.
The St. Joseph Hospice team is comprised of experienced and compassionate medical professionals who provide support to family members and patients using an interdisciplinary method of treatment. Each team member plays a vital role in reducing the fear associated with terminal illness.
The Interdisciplinary Team Includes:
- Board Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Physicians
- Medical Directors
- Medical Social Workers
- Hospice Trained Nurses
- Certified Nursing Assistants
- Bereavement Counselors
In times of crisis, you need an option other than the Emergency Room. Continuous Care is designed to provide intensive hospice support, in the home, over extended periods of time. From a minimum of 8 hours up to a maximum of 24 hours per day, St. Joseph Hospice is there*.
*Patient appropriateness to be reassessed every 24 hours as required by CMS guidelines.