Hospice is considered to be the best model for quality, compassionate care for people with a life limiting illness. By involving Hospice early when a terminal illness exists, we can help to better manage a patient’s pain and symptoms. The Hospice team engages family members in the care and support of the patient, training them in caring techniques, encouraging open communication among the family members and patient. We help both the family and patient with the issues of the illness and the reality of death. Waiting to involve us when time is short often decreases a patient’s options for comfort and takes away quality time that family members would have otherwise enjoyed.
A circle of care
A Registered Nurse and Licensed Social Worker will make the initial visit to your home to help establish what you may need in the way of spiritual, educational, financial, bereavement or other support. Once this determination has been made, they will work to build a team that will develop a plan of care.
This team involves the patient and their physician, pharmacist, registered nurses, medical director, aides, chaplain, volunteers, family and others who will be providing at-home care, which includes nursing home, with the care and support to both the patient and family.
A team to develop a plan of care
Management of symptoms, such as pain and other discomfort
Continuous care during crisis periods or as necessary to maintain a patient’s at-home comfort
Short-term inpatient and respite care
Durable medical equipment/supplies related to the terminal illness
Provide medications for symptom management and pain control related to the terminal illness
Hospice care continues following patient’s death - specially trained bereavement counselors help the surviving family members deal with their grief through visits, written communication and support programs
Hospice support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide care and comfort to people in the early to late stages of a terminal illness. Whether a patient needs physical, spiritual, or psychosocial support, the goal is to keep them as comfortable and alert as possible to maintain their quality of life.
Tri-County Hospice staff provide care to patients in Clay, Knox, Laurel and Whitley Counties.
Tri-County Hospice is licensed by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services and accredited by the Joint Commission. Tri-County Hospice is a member of the National Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the Kentucky Association of Hospice and Palliative Care and a member of the National Association of Home Care and Hospice.
Tri-County Hospice is associated with KentuckyOne Health.