Hospice addresses the needs and opportunities during this time by including the individual and family, trained volunteers, caregivers and clinical professionals as part of the care-giving team. This interdisciplinary approach to care focuses on the individual’s physical symptoms and the emotional and spiritual concerns of the patient and family. The team works together to develop a plan of care and to provide services that will enhance the quality of life and provide support for the individual and family as a unit of care while respecting their wishes.
Hospice Levels of Care
Hospice of the Miami Valley provides the level of care that is most appropriate to meet your individual needs.
- Routine Home Care: Provided to individuals in the comfort of their home, whether the home is a private residence, a long term care facility, or an assisting living community.
- Crisis Care: This level of care is medically necessary care for patients who may be experiencing a medical crisis requiring more intense pain or symptom management for short term extra support
- Inpatient Care: Short term inpatient care at a hospice-approved facility. Patients receive intense palliative treatments to address pain and symptom management. Once symptoms are controlled, the patient returns to their home.
- Respite Care: As needed for family members or caregiver relief up to 5 days on an occasional basis at a hospice approved facility.
Your Hospice Care Team
Your care team will be led by your Registered Nurse Care Manager, who coordinates your care and ensures that interdisciplinary services are meeting your needs. Your Hospice team, including your Clinical Team Manager, meets every 14 days to review your care needs. This interdisciplinary meeting provides another level of oversight and supervision.
Our team of trained, caring professionals and caregivers will individualize your plan of care to meet your unique needs, goals and preferences. Our team includes:
- Hospice Physicians work with your personal physician to oversee your medical care, pain and symptom management, and guide the team with their medical expertise.
- Registered Nurses (RNs) provide expert assessment, and coordinate the services included in your plan of care. Nurses support family members in their caregiving role, educating them on what to expect. RNs are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for visits.
- Licensed Nurses (LPNs/ LVNs) provide education and support regarding disease process, medications, symptom control, treatments, nutrition, daily activities, and caregiving skills.
- Social Workers provide assistance with emotional and social issues, financial planning and community resources. They create a safe environment where you and your family can share feelings, hopes, and concerns.
- Spiritual Care Coordinators provide support with spiritual issues in a manner that respects the personal beliefs of you and your family. Since spirituality differs from person to person, care activities are tailored to what will be meaningful to you. Activities are focused on what will uphold your source of strength, from prayer, rituals, and traditions…. to life review, music and companionship.
- Bereavement Coordinators provide grief and loss counseling to you and your family throughout your illness and for the thirteen month bereavement period. Grief support and memorial services are available to ease the experience of loss.
- Dietitians and Nurses provide nutritional counseling. Working with the physician, dietitians can propose alternative ideas for food types, or alternate ways of preparing or serving food.
- Pharmacists provide individualized care planning of your medications, assist to oversee medication management, and help to maximize the effectiveness of your medications while limiting unwanted side effects.
- Therapists may include physical, occupational and speech therapists. Therapy may be ordered by your physician to assist you in achieving your personal goals. Massage Therapists, Music Therapists, provide activities to maximize comfort and relaxation, decrease anxiety, and enhance overall quality of life.
- Hospice Aides supervised by RNs provide personal care and assist with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and walking, and may assist with light housekeeping.
- Volunteers are specially trained to support you and your family through companionship, grief support, and caregiver relief. Pet Therapy is offered through our volunteer program.