We rarely—if ever—talk about how we want to live out the final phase of our lives. And yet talking about it is the best way to ensure that we can meet one of the most difficult times in life with grace, dignity, comfort and the satisfaction of having our wishes honored.
When an individual chooses hospice, his or her care changes from cure-driven to comfort-based, also known as “palliative” care. An individualized care plan focusing on managing symptoms, easing emotional and spiritual pain and honoring personal choices is built around the patient and family’s preferences, priorities and values.
Because the progression of a serious illness affects everyone, the hospice concept of care encircles the entire family unit. We provide medical, emotional and spiritual care to the patient while also supporting his or her family and friends. Loved ones often tell us that hospice gave them back a sense of control at a time when they felt most powerless.
HospiceCare of the Piedmont offers care for the patient and the family by providing necessary services in the home, or at another place of residence such as a nursing home. Services provided include:
- Medical care and supervision under the direction of the patient’s primary physician or Hospice Medical Director.
- Hospice nurses assess the patient’s condition, provide patient care instruction for family and friends, and help with the management of pain and other symptoms.
- Nurse(s) are available on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Hospice Home Health Aides assist with bathing and personal care.
- Social Workers help identify and resolve problems, coordinate resources, and provide counseling.
- Trained volunteers provide emotional support, companionship and offer periods of respite for the caregiver.
- Spiritual support and counseling.
- If hospitalization is required, the Hospice Team continues to coordinate care with the physician, family, and hospital staff.
- Assistance with needed medical supplies and equipment and medications.
- Bereavement and supportive services for the family.
- Palliative Care Home Health Program.
- Hospice House: 15 Bed Hospice Inpatient Facility providing inpatient and respite care.
HOSPICE HOME CARE PROGRAM ADMISSION CRITERIA
- Patient has a life-limiting illness and treatment is directed toward care and comfort rather than cure.
- Patient lives in Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick, Newberry, Laurens, or Saluda County.
- Patient | Family desires supportive care.
ANYONE CAN REFER A PATIENT
Anyone…whether it be a physician, family member, friend, or clergy may refer a patient to HospiceCare of the Piedmont. Admission to the program will be determined by the previously mentioned criteria.
Patients should be referred to HospiceCare as early as possible after a life limiting disease is diagnosed. This will allow the patient & family to receive the maximum benefit from hospice services.
To make a referral to our program, please call HospiceCare of the Piedmont at 864-227-9393.