Uplifting End of Life Care
Providing treatment to our patients through palliative care or palliative medicine simply means helping them feel relaxed and comfortable. Our pain management program helps diminish one of the most common fears that our patients have, which is that passing away will be painful. Patients are also often afraid of being alone, but not when they’re in the good company of their very own Seasons care team.
Deciding to end treatment for life-limiting illness or terminally ill diagnosis is a big decision that is generally left up to the patient to grapple with. When a physician diagnoses the patient as terminally ill, it means that if no medical care were to be provided, six months could be all of the remaining time that the individual has left to live.
It’s absolutely necessary to have the doctor sign off on referring the patient to hospice care following the event of reaching a terminal diagnosis. When hospice services are started early on, patients and their families can gain a supportive, loving environment to help cope with the realities that lie ahead.
Our compassionate hospice care teams (and volunteers) are multipurpose. Aides provide medical care, such as pain management and help with activities of daily living, while also offering companionship and emotional support to patients and their families.
Our Care Teams
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Our Registered Nurses (RNs) are responsible for leading care teams, managing the care of patients, and communicating pertinent health information to the families and loved ones of patients. Patients receiving home care will have arranged, routine nurse visits.
Two highly skilled caretakers fill a role within each patient care team. These aides are trained to provide homemaker services such as folding laundry and keeping living areas around the home clean. Caregivers also help with getting the patient to complete common activities of daily living such as helping them brush their teeth or comb their hair.
Chaplains provide spiritual healing and support to patients and their loved ones.
Without the effort of our volunteers, our care team would be incomplete. Our volunteers read to patients, bring in animal companions to entertain and amuse, and share their musical and artistic talents with patients.
Palliative Care & Emotional Support
At Seasons Hospice, Registered Nurses (RNs) are the managers of patient care services. Each Seasons Hospice patient will be assigned a dedicated nurse to care for them during their time with Seasons.
Unless the patient feels they’d be more comfortable resting in an inpatient facility, our RNs provide home care that’s customized to suit the patient and their needs. Generally, our goals for these visits are to:
- Make adjustments to emphasize the quality of life of the patient
- Provide comfort care, also known as palliative care, through our pain management program
- Support the patient’s family, loved ones, caretakers, etc. in any way that we can
Although Seasons Hospice employs geriatric and palliative care specialists, your loved one will never be required to part with their current physician. Many of our patients choose to keep their existing physicians and request that they work in tandem with our on-staff physicians.
Hospice programs face a stigma when it comes to pain management. Many patients and their loved ones are hesitant to accept pain management services because they believe that it will lower cognitive abilities and even hasten death. Both of these stigmas are myths.
Hospice patients understandably have fears about dying. No one wants to pass away alone or in pain. The absence of pain and quality of life have a deep association with one another. We want our patients to live out their final season feeling like themselves. We want them to enjoy their life and surround them with love and compassion. This couldn’t be done without our pain management program.
Personal Care & Homemaker Services
Seasons Hospice caregivers are trained to assist patients in completing activities of daily living. Caretakers provide personal care services, such as in help with bathing, dressing, and oral hygiene care tasks. Additionally, they change linens and do light housework to ensure that the patient’s living areas are clean, safe, and comfortable.
Our aides are also empowered to make adjustments to care if it helps accommodate the patient’s needs. These services act as a kind of respite care for primary caregivers who many need a little bit of time away.
Seasons Hospice is a faith-based hospice care provider, and we believe that spiritual care is just as important as physical care. Our chaplains are here to help guide both patients and their loved ones through their care journey with compassion and spiritual support. Additionally, our staff is prepared to give you and your loved one spiritual support upon request, from a volunteer reading a favorite bible story to an RN praying over them.
Seasons Hospice recognizes that not all patients or families will desire spiritual support. We respect all religions, world views, and faiths. Spiritual care is 100% optional.
Counseling & Social Services
Seasons Hospice employs social workers who are trained specifically to provide holistic, family-centered care in the hospice care environment. By monitoring and supporting the patient and their loved ones, the spiritual, cultural, emotional, and psychosocial elements of end of life care are all addressed.
They’re there to help everyone, including caregivers, feel less overwhelmed while also supporting the dignity of the patient. With the guidance of a bereavement coordinator, these individuals help offer comfort to friends and family after a patient passes away. Grief counseling is available for loved ones and caregivers for 13 months after the passing of a loved one.
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If your loved one has made the decision to end treatment, now is the time to enter a hospice program. Seasons Hospice is committed to providing you with the information and support that you need to help improve and maintain your loved one’s quality of life.