Hospice services from Grace and Glory Hospice
Our hospice care services are for adult with a wide range of life-limiting illnesses, including cancer, stroke, heart disease, lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Alzheimer’s and AIDS.
Hospice Home Care
Grace and Glory Hospice can bring hospice services to you or your loved one, in the place that’s most comfortable — home. And we’re experts at managing the transition from hospital to your home, from curative to palliative care.
Palliative care has been a board-certified medical specialty since 2006 in the US, but palliative care has been around for centuries. We’ve all had palliative medicine, also called comfort care. If you break a bone, you seek a cure: the doctor sets it and keeps it immobile in order for it to heal. But she prescribes painkillers to make you comfortable. The painkillers are palliative: they improve the quality of your life while you and your physician cope with your broken bone.
Generally, when we talk about palliative care, it’s in the context of serious illness: chronic, progressive pulmonary disorders; renal disease; chronic heart failure; HIV/AIDS, progressive neurological conditions, cancer, etc.
Veterans Hospice Care
Grace and Glory Hospice end-of-life care experts are trained to support the difficult circumstances faced by some veterans near the end of life, including financial and benefit concerns, post-traumatic stress disorder, unresolved issues associated with the stresses of military service, depression and suicide
The hospice Medical Director complements the services of the attending physician and intervenes to meet the general medical needs of the patient. Important functions of the hospice Medical Director include, providing expertise in pain and symptom control. The hospice Medical Director does a review of the hospice care plan and gives direction to the hospice Care Team. The hospice Medical Director does an overall program evaluation to ensure quality of care and appropriateness of care/services. The hospice Medical Director works with the hospice team as a consultant and a resource. The Hospice Medical Director can make a house calls and is available by phone to provide medical interventions as needed.
The hospice nurse is responsible for educating families and patients on the disease process and the use of medications and non/pharmacological means of keeping the patient comfortable. Our nurses never give up hope and want to have quality days for their patients so they can live their life to the fullest up to the final moment. The patient is in control because we look at the patient and say what does he/she need right now. Our nurses are the experts in comfort care. Hospice nurses visit the patient’s home or any another setting to educate patients, families, and caregivers on recognizing potential symptoms and providing safe and competent care for the patient. They offer emotional and practical support for both the patient, their families, and their caregivers.
The hospice Volunteers are led by a Volunteer Coordinator and offer a variety of services depending on a patient’s needs, ranging from providing company for patients or just being present with the patient so caregivers can run errands or have some extra time to themselves. Our hospice Volunteers also offer alternative therapies such as doing crafts with the patient or playing cards, watching TV, reading a book, or providing active listening as well as documenting patients’ life stories and writing letters. The hospice Volunteers also help in the Grace and Glory office with answering or making phone calls and other office projects. The Volunteers of Grace and Glory Hospice are very valued and appreciated for all they do.
The hospice Spiritual Care counselor is there for the patient and the family, providing emotional and spiritual support. They do this by honoring the cultural traditions and values the patient and family hold dear. They do not replace current clergy members, nor actively promote any religion, but rather are there to offer further support and communicate the needs of the patient while supporting the patient’s personal beliefs. They are interfaith and when requested, the hospice Spiritual Care Counselor can work with the patient’s specified clergy. The hospice experience is an opportunity to heal and deepen relationships, forgive one another, and say thank you before saying good-bye. Grace and Glory Hospice’s Spiritual Care Counselor knows that at times the best medicine is an open heart, a listening ear, a warm hand to hold, or a shoulder to cry on. Additionally, they provide bereavement services, including phone calls, letters, and visits for 13 months. In addition, they can provide memorial services to family members if requested upon the passing of a patient.
The hospice Medical Social Worker can offer psychosocial support, crisis intervention and counseling. They assist with a multitude of areas, such as navigating through the healthcare system, legal and financial issues, mortuary planning, placement, mediation of family dynamics, coordination of additional community support and securing other services and resources. They help create long-range plans, such as advance care planning.
24-Hour Telephone and In-Person Support
Visit frequency by the hospice team is dependent on the patient’s needs. The hospice team will visit the patient wherever the patient calls home—a private residence, assisted living community or nursing home, board, and care or Skilled Nursing Facility. Grace and Glory hospice nurses make sure that their patients are comfortable, free from pain, and able to maintain the highest possible quality of life. For after-hours needs, Grace and Glory Hospice provides 24-hour telephone access to Hospice trained nurses who can answer questions, support caregivers and families over the phone, and/or send a Skilled Nurse to the home to assess the patient and provide for their comfort needs. This service is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
The hospice Aide provides hands-on personal care such as bathing, dressing, eating, assistance with ambulation exercises, assistance with self- administered medications, and performing simple procedures as an extension of therapy or nursing services.
Physical, speech and occupational therapists provide therapy if needed.
Dietitians perform nutritional assessments to formulate and monitor nutritional support plans if needed.
We offer homemaker services to keep your home a clean and a safe place. Changing bed sheets, Emptying trash.