Residential Home Health and Hospice:Hospice Service/Palliative Care

What is palliative care?

Fairly new on the health care scene (within the last decade or so), palliative care is often confused with hospice care. While some of the main principles, like comfort and pain or symptom management, are shared…palliative care is its own unique offering. And it’s a great one at that!

Unlike hospice care, you do not have to be dying or stop curative treatment to receive palliative care and all of its benefits. The #1 goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life, add to comfort, manage symptoms, and lift some of the burdens (financial, spiritual, emotional, physical) that chronic diseases or pain can cause. Palliative care is really an added “bonus” on top of the treatments or care you or someone close to you is already receiving; it helps address difficult symptoms and alleviate pain.

These are really the palliative basics: comfort, support, quality of life, and an improved outlook…for patients as well as family and caregivers.

To learn more about palliative care, read What Everyone Ought to Know about Palliative Care.

Coordinated and Collaborative Care at Every Stage

Elmhurst Memorial Hospice is now a part of Residential Hospice. Residential’s palliative-focused home care program, Comfort Path, is designed for patients who are still seeking curative treatment options or who are not quite ready to transition to hospice. Residential Comfort Path provides physical, emotional and psychosocial support to improve quality of life for patients facing a debilitating illness.

Residential Comfort Path utilizes a multidisciplinary approach involving palliative-trained nurses, therapists and medical social workers to provide the following:

  • Pain and symptom management to reduce unplanned hospital readmissions
  • Home environment assessment to ensure it is properly equipped for comfort and safety
  • Medication reconciliation and management
  • Palliative physician consult if approved by primary care physician
  • Home health aides to assist with personal care needs
  • Licensed medical social workers for psychosocial evaluation and care
  • Rehabilitation services to address activities of daily living and home safety
  • Residential nurse available 24/7, every day of the year  
  • Caregiver support and education on the disease process and the hospice benefit if appropriate
  • Coordinated transition to hospice care if directed by the patient’s physician

What is Hospice?

If a patient chooses to begin hospice care, Residential Home Health can seamlessly transition him or her to Residential Hospice. Or, patients can start their Residential care with hospice. Residential Hospice’s objective is caring, not curing, helping patients and families focus their energy on the things that matter most.  Residential Hospice offers patients and their families individualized care plans, developed with their physicians and carried out in familiar surroundings with compassion, dignity and support.

Hospice provides support and care for persons in the last phases of an incurable disease so that they may live as fully and as comfortably as possible. Hospice recognizes that the dying process is a part of the normal process of living and focuses on enhancing the quality of remaining life. Hospice affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones death. Hospice exists in the hope and belief that through appropriate care, and the promotion of a caring community sensitive to their needs, that individuals and their families may be free to attain a degree of peace in preparation for death.

Call 866-902-5854 to discuss your specific situation with a Residential Hospice nurse today.

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