Improves quality of life for seriously ill people and gives their families technical and emotional support. It is care when cure is no longer a possibility. Our goal is to relieve symptoms and give support so patients can live as fully and comfortably as possible for the remainder of their lives. Hospice is provided by a team of professionals who, in addition to providing hands-on care, teach family members what they need to know about caring for a loved one. RNs are available by telephone 24 hours a day and can make visits after office hours when needed. Other team members include a social worker, personal care aide, volunteer, physician, pharmacist,
Speak to our hospice care representative at: (925) 933-9012
Horizon Hospice Benefits Include:
Bereavement is the time of mourning after a loss. Our hospice care team works with surviving loved ones to help them through the grieving process. A trained volunteer, clergy member, or professional counselor provides support to survivors through visits, phone calls, and/or other contact, as well as through support groups. Our hospice team can refer family members and caregiving friends to other medical or professional care if needed. Bereavement services are provided for about a year after the patient’s death.
For patients being cared for at home, hospice service may offer respite care to allow friends and family some time away from caregiving. Respite care can be given in up to 5-day periods of time, during which patients are cared for either in the hospice facility or in beds that are set aside in nursing homes or hospitals. Families can plan a mini-vacation, go to special events, or simply get much-needed rest at home while patients are cared for in an inpatient setting.
Regularly scheduled family meetings, often led by a hospice nurse or social worker, keep family members informed about the patient’s condition and what to expect. Family meetings also give everyone a chance to share feelings, talk about what’s happening and what’s needed, and learn about death and the process of dying. Family members get great support and stress relief through these meetings. Daily updates may also be given informally as the nurse or nursing assistant talks with patients and their caregivers during routine visits.
Pain and Symptom Control
The goal of pain and symptom control is to help patients be comfortable while allowing them to remain in control. This means that discomfort, pain, and side effects are managed to make sure that patients are as free of pain and symptoms as possible, yet alert enough to enjoy the people around them and make important decisions.
Since people differ in their spiritual needs and religious beliefs, spiritual care is set up to meet patients’ specific needs. It might include helping them look at what death means to them, helping them say good-bye, or helping with a certain religious ceremony or ritual.
Although most hospice care is centered in the home, there might be times when patients need to be admitted to a hospital, extended-care facility, or an inpatient hospice center. The HORIZON home hospice team can arrange for inpatient care and will stay involved in patient’s care and with their families. Patients can go back to in-home care when patients and their families are ready.
Coordination of Care
The interdisciplinary hospice team coordinates and supervises all care 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. This team is responsible for making sure that all involved services share information. This may include the inpatient facility, the home care agency, the doctor, and other community professionals, such as pharmacists, clergy, and funeral directors. Patients and their caregivers are encouraged to contact their hospice team if they are having a problem, any time of the day or night. There’s always someone on call to help patients with whatever may arise. Our hospice care assures patients and their families that they are not alone and help is available at any time.