Support. Assurance. Comfort.

Hospice care is about living. The Traditions Health hospice team walks with the patient and their loved ones throughout their end-of-life journey, providing the care and education they need for the best quality of life possible.

HOSPICE CARE

Comfort and Dignity at Home

Our team is passionate about building relationships with our patients and their loved ones. Whether the need is physical, spiritual, or emotional, our compassionate hospice experts are available to provide the necessary support. Comfort and dignity are the anchors of hospice care. Our clinicians are highly skilled at recognizing and managing symptoms early, in most cases allowing the patient to remain comfortable at home throughout the end of their life.

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Physician
Skilled Nurse
Medical Social Worker
Spiritual Professional

THE JOURNEY IS EASIER TOGETHER

Our Hospice Care Team

Under the direction of a physician, the Traditions Health team offers a caring atmosphere that addresses the physical, emotional, and physical well-being of our patients. Our goal is to ensure that patients live their life to the fullest and that family members and caregivers are supported. In addition to the core members listed below, your individualized care team will also include a hospice health aide, bereavement support services, and volunteers.

THE RIGHT CARE AT THE RIGHT TIME IN YOUR JOURNEY

Hospice Levels of Care

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.

1

Routine Home Care

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.

2

Continuous Home Care

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.

3

General Inpatient Care

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.

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Respite Care

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.

YOUR COMFORT

Our Commitment

We're here when you need us! Traditions Health is available for you, your family, and caregivers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We provide care and support to help you maintain the highest quality of life possible.

SERVING 18 STATES IN THE US

Locations Near You.

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.

MAKING THE MOST OF EACH DAY.

Benefits of Hospice Care

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.

  • Our team will provide the symptom and pain management needed to help you remain in your home environment, surrounded by the people you love.
  • You will receive all medications, medical equipment, and supplies needed as they relate to your hospice diagnosis -- helping you maintain comfort, dignity, and independence during this final season of life.
  • Hospice care helps reduce physician visits, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations. This decreases stress on the patient and caregiver by allowing the patient to receive the care they need at home.
  • Our bereavement team provides support for the patient’s loved ones during the grief process.

HOSPICE CARE

Frequently Asked Questions

We are here to help you. Listed below are frequently asked questions regarding hospice care. If you have a question that is not covered in our FAQ please contact us and a Traditions Health team member will be happy to assist you.

What is hospice care?

Hospice care focuses on caring for the patient, not curing them. Our hospice care team provides symptom and pain management while attending to the patient’s emotional and spiritual needs. Our goal is to reduce pain and suffering, promoting comfort and quality of life.

Who is eligible to receive hospice care?

A patient who has a life threatening or terminal illness is eligible for hospice care when a physician makes a clinical determination that their life expectancy is six months or less if their disease process runs its normal course. The patient must also make the decision that they no longer wish to receive curative treatment but wish to receive comfort measures only during this end-of-life journey.

Do I have to have an order from my doctor to receive hospice care?

Yes, your physician must order hospice care. A physician may order hospice care for a patient when they determine that the patient has a life threatening or terminal illness and that their life expectancy is less than six months if the disease follows its normal course.

When should I start hospice care?

Unfortunately, many people wait until the final weeks or days of life to begin hospice care. You should have a conversation with your physician to determine where you are in your end-of-life journey. If your physician estimates that your life expectancy is six months or less if your disease process follows its normal course, you could benefit from hospice services. The earlier you receive hospice care, the more you and your loved ones are able to benefit from the care our hospice team provides.

Do you have to live in a private residence to receive hospice care?

Hospice care is provided where the patient resides. Whether it is a private residence, assisted living facility, skilled nursing facility, hospital, or private home - our hospice team will meet you where you are.

What if I have a problem at night or on the weekend?

Our services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Does hospice care provide my medication, equipment, and supplies?

Yes. We provide all of the medication, equipment and supplies related to the hospice diagnosis as ordered by a physician.

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