Hospice is an approach to caring that promotes comfort (e.g. pain relief) instead of curative care and emphasizes keeping the patient at home with the family and friends. The patient receives visits from the Hospice team ( staff and physicians) in all levels of care.
The following levels of care are covered under the Hospice benefit:
Circle of Care
- Registered Nurse
- Assess care needs of patient.
- Identify needs of family and loved-ones.
- Develop plan of care to meet identifiable needs.
- Provide symptom control and pain management.
- Coordinate team visits.
- Ensure implementation of approved plan of care.
- Medical Director
- Provides home visits.
- Co-certifies terminal illness with the attending physician.
- Leads inter-disciplinary group develop plan of care.
- Presides over inter-disciplinary group team meetings.
- Attending Physician
- Certifies terminal prognosis.
- Assess patient needs and prescribe treatment.
- Direct and approve plan of care.
- Coordinate care with interdisciplinary group.
- Social Worker
- Assess patient, family and loved ones with social and financial needs.
- Develop plan of care for identified needs.
- Provide counseling and referrals to appropriate resources.
- Bereavement support.
Family Loved Ones
Lake Forest Hospice Patient
- Hospice Aide
- Provide direct personal care to patient.
- Provide comfort care and other measures topatient.
- Report identifiable clinical needs to RN Case Manager.
- Provide respite for primary caregiver.
- Provide non-medical support and companionship to patient.
- Provide breavement support to family and loved ones.
- Equipment & Pharmacy
Equipment & Pharmacy
- Provide medical supplies and equipment necessary for patient comfort.
- Provide medication and medical equipment for symptom control and pain management to ensure patient comfort.
- Assess spiritual needs of patient, family and loved ones.
- Develop plan of care for bereavement needs.
- Assist with memorial preparations.
- Provide direct spiritual, emotional and bereavement counseling.