Alacare Hospice Services
Alacare Hospice is designed to enhance comfort and promote quality of life for individuals nearing end-of-life - as well as their families. When a cure is no longer possible, hospice provides comfort and care treating the whole person - physically, emotionally and spiritually. The goal is to allow patients to live each day as fully as possible.
The Alacare Hospice team is made up of experienced professionals specially trained in end-of-life care including:
Nurses, specially trained in end-of-life care coordinate the care for every patient. Patient and family education is an important part of every visit. The Alacare Hospice nurse is the link between the patient and the physician and other healthcare professionals.
Medical Social Services
The social worker provides patients and family members with advice and counseling during this difficult time. The social worker assists other care team members in understanding family dynamics and acts as an advocate for the patient and family in making use of community resources.
The patient's physician approves the plan of care and works with the hospice team. A hospice medical director is available to the attending physician and the hospice care team as a consultant and a resource.
Spiritual Support and Counseling
Clergy and other counselors are available to visit and provide spiritual support for both the patient and the family. These individuals can coordinate with the patient's place of worship to assist the patient and family if requested.
Home Care Aides
Aides provide personal care such as bathing, shampooing, shaving and nail care.
Volunteers are an important part of the hospice care team. Like other members of the hospice care team, they are specially trained in end-of-life care and are able to provide companionship and help with routine every day tasks such as errands or light housekeeping and meals.
Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
Daily living tasks such as walking, getting out of bed, dressing, communicating, or feeding oneself can become frustrating during an illness. When needed, therapists can provide limited visits to help the patient and caregivers discover easier, better ways to accomplish these tasks, focusing on function, comfort, and safety.
Bereavement is the time of mourning that we all experience following a loss. The hospice care team works with surviving family members to help them through the grieving process the first year after the loss of a loved one.
Some services may be limited in certain areas.
Various Levels of Hospice Care Are Available:
This level of care is provided for the Hospice patient on an intermittent basis. The care is based on the patient specific plan of care.
Continuous Care in the Home
If the patient’s needs require it or if the family can no longer manage the patient needs required around the clock, hospice staff may provide care for 8-hour to 24-hour periods on a short-term basis.
Inpatient Respite Care
To provide relief for family members, the hospice may arrange for a brief period of inpatient care for the patient.
Hospice General Inpatient Care
Although hospice care is centered in the home, it sometimes becomes necessary to admit the patient to a hospital, extended-care facility or hospice inpatient facility. The hospice can arrange for this care, and will stay involved in the patient’s treatment and with the family. In-home care will resume when appropriate.
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