Hospice care is designed to provide comfort and support to a patient when curative treatment is no longer an option.
Our Hospice Program allows the patient to remain in their home at the end of life. Hospice is designed for the individual expected to live less than 6 months, as certified by a physician. A patient may continue to see his or her private physician, or choose to have our hospice physician manage the care. In addition, a family caregiver must be available for the patient to remain in the home.
Hospice provides physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual care to the patient and family during the end of life. Hospice staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Medical equipment such as hospital bed, wheelchair, shower chair, bedside commode, and other types of equipment are supplied. Medications related to the hospice diagnosis are also provided. We provide bereavement services to the family for 13 months following the death of the patient.
Home Health Care of East Tennessee and Hospice believes the end of life should be experienced like the beginning of life – in an atmosphere of love and compassion. We believe each death, much like each birth, is a touching human story that is unique and special. We believe that hospice exists so that patients and their families may achieve a degree of mental and spiritual preparation for life’s passing.
Our mission is to provide compassionate care that allows each individual to achieve the level of self-care and independence needed to live as fully as possible through the end of life. We understand that everyone who has a relationship with the patient is affected. It is our privilege to provide, for the patient and the family, care and service during these final phases of life.
Our Hospice Services provide a compassionate team approach to pain and symptom management. We develop a comprehensive, supportive, and holistic plan of care, designed to achieve the following goals:
– The patient should be alert, pain-free, and in control, to the extent medically possible, in order to have quality of life and a safe, comfortable, and dignified death.
– The families and caregivers should be supported through education and counseling to help ease their minds about the dying process, in order to be able to spend quality time with their loved one and focus on providing the love and support only they can give.
For us, Hospice is a calling.