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Traditions Health continues to expand across the country to offer access to quality care for those in need. As we expand, we remain committed to the same values on which we were founded – prioritizing patient-focused, compassionate care, while building strong relationships in the communities we serve.
Hospice can make a profound difference and help maximize quality of life. Hospice is ideally suited to care for patients in the last six months of life. The earlier a person begins hospice, the more it can help.
As a patient progresses in their end-of-life journey, their level of care may change to meet their clinical needs. Hospice has four distinct levels of care to meet the needs of the patient and their caregiver. Our interdisciplinary Hospice team will perform an assessment and determine which Level of Care is right for you.
Routine Home Care is intermittent care provided in the home setting, whether that be a private residence or facility. A plan of care is determined by the interdisciplinary team who provides physical, spiritual, and emotional care.
Support includes visits from nurses, hospice health aides, social workers, therapists, and volunteers. Patients also have access to home medical equipment, medications, personal supplies as ordered by physician, and 24/7 on-call nursing support.
Continuous home care is provided if a patient has symptoms that require the care of a licensed clinician to remain at the bedside for 8-24 hours per day to provide symptom relief. Continuous care is short term in nature and should be reevaluated on a regular basis to determine that continuous skilled services are necessary.
Examples of symptoms requiring continuous care are unrelieved pain, severe nausea and vomiting, and severe shortness of breath. Continuous care is furnished for brief periods of severe medical symptoms causing a crisis, and only as necessary, to maintain the patient at home.
Sometimes, severe pain or other symptoms require an advanced level of care that is more effectively provided and better managed during a short stay in an acute care hospital, inpatient hospice facility, or long-term care facility.
The goal of inpatient hospice care is to control severe pain and symptoms so that your loved one can return home to familiar surroundings, and if possible, resume routine hospice care at home.
Respite care is short-term relief for in-home hospice caregivers. It is provided when a patient's caregiver is unable to meet the patient's needs due to physical or emotional exhaustion, or extenuating circumstances such as needing to go out of town.
Respite care is provided for up to five nights in a facility setting. Respite care helps caregivers avoid burnout and have more energy to devote to loved ones.