Calvert Hospice Receives Proclamation from Calvert Board of County Commissioners on October 25th for National Hospice Palliative Care Month.
Hospice and palliative care empower people facing a serious or life-limiting illness to live as fully as possible, surrounded and supported by family and loved ones.
All people are encouraged to learn about options for care — options like hospice and palliative care — before they are confronted with a healthcare crisis and to share such wishes through appropriate advance care planning activities; advance care planning involves making decisions about the healthcare an individual would want to receive if he or she were facing a serious or life-limiting illness or if they were unable to speak for themselves.
Hospice and palliative care bring patients and family caregivers the highest quality care delivered by an interdisciplinary team of skilled professionals that includes physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, counselors, health aides, spiritual care providers and others who make the wishes of each patient and family a priority.
Through pain management and symptom control, caregiver training and assistance, and emotional and spiritual support, allowing patients to live fully up until the final moments, surrounded and supported by the faces of loved ones, friends, and committed caregivers, hospice and palliative care focus on quality of living.
Each year, hospice saves Medicare more than $2 billion by providing solutions for physicians, care to patients and comfort to families anywhere, at any time. Every year more than 1.65 million Americans living with life-limiting illness, and their families, received care from the nation’s hospice programs in communities throughout the United States.
More than 430,000 trained volunteers contribute 19 million hours of service to hospice program annually. Hospice and palliative care providers encourage all people to learn more about options of care and to share their wishes with family, loved ones, and their healthcare professionals.
Considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury, hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. Support is provided to the patient’s loved ones as well. At the center of hospice and palliative care is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so.
Typically, a family member serves as the primary caregiver and, when appropriate, helps make decisions for the terminally ill individual. Members of the hospice staff make regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care or other services. Hospice staff is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The hospice team develops a care plan that meets each patient’s individual needs for pain management and symptom control. The team usually consists of: The patient’ s personal physician, Hospice physician (or medical director),Nurses, Home health aides, Social workers, Clergy or other counselors, Trained volunteers, and Speech, physical, and occupational therapists, if needed.
What services are provided? Among its major responsibilities, the interdisciplinary hospice team:
Manages the patient’s pain and symptoms;
Assists the patient with the emotional and psychosocial and spiritual aspects of dying;
Provides needed drugs, medical supplies, and equipment;
Coaches the family on how to care for the patient;
Delivers special services like speech and physical therapy when needed;
Makes short-term inpatient care available when pain or symptoms become too difficult to manage at home, or the caregiver needs respite time;
Provides bereavement care and counseling to surviving family and friends.
To learn more, please visit http://calverthospice.org/main/.