“Being able to help patients and families during one of the most challenging times of their lives is an important opportunity for all of us in the hospice business to do so much more – to help people understand that they are surrounded by people who love and care about them no matter their circumstance,” said Patty Monroe, executive director, 365Hospice.
According to Monroe, hospice provides a number of important benefits all designed to provide dignity for the patient and their family. Some of those benefits include, but are not limited to:
- Dignity at Home: For hospice, the goal is do pass away with dignity in your home surrounded by loved ones;
- Customized Care: Families and patients have different needs and requirements. Hospice provides the unique combination of compassion, care and counsel to ensure the care each person receives (the patient and family members) have the unyielding commitment from the comprehensive hospice care team;
- Continuation of Care: Hospice provides care for the whole family during the patient’s transition to death and after;
- Education: Hospice provides the compassionate care and education families need during this difficult time. In contrast, typical home health organizations usually provide no social services, such as clergy, end-of-life care, specialty equipment, or medicine/Rx administration;
- Heightened Level of Care: Hospice provides a heightened level of care that is traditionally unavailable through regular home health service organizations;
- Rapid Crisis Response: Families and patients have many questions about the process of dying. At 365Hospice, the response is rapid and complete, helping families get the answers to their questions whether they pertain to end-of-life care, ongoing medical treatments, resources for final arrangements and continuation of care;
- Respite Care: Caring for someone with a terminal illness can be challenging. In addition to home hospice care, 365Hospice offers “respite” care (periodic breaks for the caregiver over a specified period of time during which the patient is moved to skilled care facility).