Hospice is a way of caring that brings comfort to people at the end of life. The goal of hospice is to provide a process to minimize discomfort and to maintain patient dignity and quality of life. Your hospice team members are a phone call away on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week, to answer your questions, provide support, and help in dealing with emergencies.
Planning ahead for your medical care and discussing your desires with your family is important as you may not be able to make decisions yourself. For more information about completing advance directives (Living Will and the Power of Attorney for Healthcare), read Choices: Living Well At the End of Life, which includes forms, definitions and frequently asked questions. Your hospice team can help you document your wishes through the completion of advance directives.
- Physicians: Your primary care physician works with our hospice team and our hospice medical director to ensure you receive the care you need
- Nursing Care: Conduct patient assessments, provide skilled care, and manage care coordination for patients. Comprehensive skilled nursing care is available 24/7 to meet medical needs including pain and symptom management
- Home Health Aide: Individuals who have been professionally trained to help with your personal hygiene and maintain activities for daily living
- Medical Social Services: Link families to financial, legal, and community resources and assist with the completion of advance directive forms
- Chaplain Services: Spiritual support from hospice chaplain and coordination with family’s own faith network
- Bereavement Support: Support during the family’s grieving process including visits, educational information, and support groups
- Physical Therapy: Specialists trained in educating patients and families on ways to safely use medical equipment to care for a loved one at home
- Occupational Therapy: Professionals who work to improve your daily quality of life
- Speech Therapy: Assessment and education for swallowing and eating problems
- Volunteers: Trained individuals who offer support to the patient and family
Become a Hospice Volunteer
Volunteers are a valuable component to the program of Hospice of Henry County. A volunteer interested in providing direct patient assistance are required to complete a training class. Volunteers may provide family assistance by:
- Patient companionship (being present around patient, reading, etc.)
- Support for caregivers
Volunteers may also provide indirect support to patients and their families by participating in hospice events, quilting, or providing office support.
For more information on the role of hospice volunteers contact us.
Our services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances. Through the generous support of the community through memorials and monetary donations, we are able to offer hospice care to all individuals. No one is refused care due to the inability to pay.