The Rice Hospice Care Team works with each patient and family to develop a plan of care which is specific to their unique needs. The focus of this plan of care is to help the patient live each day with comfort and dignity, while retaining individuality and control. Hospice care takes place wherever you and your loved one currently live – at home, in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or at a hospital.
Here are ways we provide support to your family:
- On-call nurses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Registered nurses and the medical director address medical care, pain relief and symptom management, and help with medical equipment needs.
- Social workers listen to needs and find solutions to concerns, including financial and insurance issues, and grief support.
- Chaplains offer spiritual support.
- Hospice aides help with dressing, bathing, eating, and other daily activities.
- Volunteers help find favorite foods or music, join in pastimes, provide hand and foot massages, and run errands or stay and visit—whatever is needed.
- We all partner to be there for you and your family, and can help talk through feelings and end-of-life concerns.
The time may be right for hospice when:
- Medical treatments no longer provide a change for the better and care becomes focused on comfort and the symptom relief.
- Family stress and fatigue become overwhelming.
- It becomes too challenging to return to usual functioning, routines and decision making.
- Education and support will offer strength and understanding to the family.
- Help is needed for daily living, such as dressing, bathing, or eating.
- Life expectancy is measured by weeks or months.
- Clergy or a healthcare professional recommended hospice care.