WHAT IS HOSPICE OF NELSON COUNTY?
Hospice is a special kind of care for patients and families facing a life-limiting illness or condition. At the center of Hospice of Nelson County is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free-and with dignity-and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so. The Hospice team:
- Treats the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients served.
- Provides care in the person's home, or in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or in Flaget Memorial Hospital.
- Supports family and caregivers by offering counseling, training and information. With Hospice, the patient AND family are considered the unit of care.
- Helps people live pain-free and as comfortably as possible to ensure the best possible quality of life.
- Provides supplies, medicines and equipment needed to maintain quality of life.
- Honors the wishes of the patient.
HOW HOSPICE WORKS
The Hospice of Nelson County team offers expert, high-quality, compassionate care to people who can no longer benefit from curative treatment.
Services are provided by a team of trained professionals, including nurses, nurses aides, social workers, chaplains, physicians and volunteers.
HOW DOES A PERSON BECOME A HOSPICE PATIENT?
Anyone can make the call requesting Hospice services, including family members, friends, clergy or health care professionals. Once the admission team determines a patient's eligibility for care, a physician will document the need for Hospice care.
WHAT MAKES HOSPICE CARE DIFFERENT?
Hospice focuses on pain and symptom management (palliative care) rather than on curative care. That way patients are enabled to live as fully and comfortably as possible.
HOSPICE TREATS THE PERSON - NOT THE DISEASE
The Hospice team cares for the medical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of the patient and family.
HOSPICE EMPHASIZES QUALITY OF LIFE, RATHER THAN LENGTH OF LIFE
Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death; it affirms life and understands that dying is a natural part of the cycle of life.
HOSPICE IS ALWAYS ON CALL
For Hospice patients and their families, help is just a phone call away, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So you never have to face a crisis alone.
HOSPICE PROVIDES GRIEF SERVICES TO FAMILIES
After the death of the patient, Hospice continues to care for the family by providing regular staff contact, grief counseling and grief support groups.
WHO PAYS FOR HOSPICE OF NELSON COUNTY CARE?
Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans, HMOs and managed care organizations. No eligible person is turned away.
To find out more, call Hospice of Nelson County at 502-350-5570.