Hospice care is for people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and given a prognosis of six months or less. The focus of treatment is on comfort care and maximizing the quality of life.
Care is provided in the home by a core team of professionals including registered nurses, nurse aides, social workers, chaplains, physical, occupational and speech therapists, and volunteers. The plan of care is customized to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient and his or her family.
Bereavement care is also provided to the family following the patient’s death.
For people needing 24-hour care and supervision, Mt. Evans’ staff also provides hospice care at local skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.
Taking Hospice Advocacy to the Masses: Hospice Advocates Oughta be in Pictures!
As a part of an on-going movement to engage and excite Hospice Advocates, NHPCO and the Alliance for Care at the End of Life recently announced the launch of the Hospice Action Network’s (HAN) YouTube Channel. Visit the new channel to see our welcome message and more than a dozen testimonials from Hospice Advocates around the country. Also, be sure to read this recent Advocacy Tip and learn how to leverage your own social media accounts to grow Hospice Advocacy nationwide.
Please click here to read Frequently Asked Questions about Hospice Care.
“When Pete died, I had to be a mom [to our two sons]. It was important to have a place where I could talk about my issues—to be able to walk into a room where people understood. They were all going through the same thing, but the group was truly supportive. Somehow you have to find support and to have it from people who know the path you have walked makes a difference. It really does.”
–Laurie Schar, bereaved spouses group member
Read the Schar’s story here.