compassionate about care.

PASSIONATE ABOUT LIFE.


WE FOCUS ON CARE, NOT CURE

Hospice care is a philosophy or approach to care, rather than a place where someone receives care. Hospice services may be provided in a person’s home, a nursing home, an assisted living center, a hospital or an independent living facility.

WE SERVE PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES

  • We provide comfort and relieve physical, emotional and spiritual suffering
  • We promote quality of life, emphasizing the dignity of each person in our care
  • We treat the whole person, not just their disease
  • We provide on-call services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • We provide necessary medications, medical supplies and equipment
  • We educate patients and family members about the disease process
  • We provide emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families, helping them to cope with functional limitations, caregiver stress and grief
  • We assist patients with personal care giving needs
  • We provide bereavement care and counseling to surviving family and friends, helping them to cope with their loss

WE WORK WITH YOU TO UNDERSTAND YOUR HOSPICE BENEFIT

Hospice is a benefit under Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans. All equipment necessary in caring for the patient’s terminal condition is generally covered by insurance programs, including Medicare.

THE HOSPICE CIRCLE OF CARE


Good Shepherd Hospice offers a holistic approach to care focused on meeting the individual needs of the patient and family. Our team of highly skilled, trained care professionals work together to design an individualized plan of care that meets both family and patient needs. During the moments that challenge us most, Good Shepherd’s support team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

REGISTERED NURSE
  • Assesses patient and family needs
  • Coordinates team visits to meet care plan goals
  • Coordinates care with attending physician, primary caregiver and hospice team
MEDICAL DIRECTOR
  • Leads the interdisciplinary team in development of care plan
  • Provides consultation to other physicians regarding hospice care and brings an emphasis on comfort and dignity of life
  • Determines hospice eligibility
ATTENDING PHYSICIAN
  • Determines hospice eligibility
  • Assesses patient needs, manages symptoms and prescribes treatment
  • Coordinates care with the interdisciplinary team
SOCIAL WORKER
  • Assesses emotional, social, spiritual and financial needs of patient and family
  • Provides direct counseling or helps coordinate support from appropriate community resources
SPIRITUAL CARE COORD
  • Assists with memorial preparations
  • Provides consultative support to community clergy
  • Provides spiritual counseling respecting the patient’s personal religious beliefs.
BEREAVEMENT
  • Maintains open communication with and supports needs of surviving family and friends for up to 13 months following the loss of their loved one
  • Develops memorial services
  • Provides grief counseling and healing resources
VOLUNTEER
  • Provides companionship and support to patient and family
  • Provides needed non-medical services and respite time for caregivers and family
HOME HEALTH AIDE
  • Provides direct personal care to patient
  • Provides comfort measures and reports identified needs to RN
  • Provides emotional support to patient and family