Hospice is a special way of caring for someone with a limited life expectancy, when the prognosis is discussed in terms of months rather than years. Hospice affirms life and neither hastens nor prolongs the dying process. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life by keeping the patient comfortable and pain-free.
St.Vincent Hospice services are focused on the entire family. Our concern is not only for a family's physical welfare, but also their emotional and spiritual well being. St.Vincent hospice care is provided by certified hospice and palliative care physicians who assist patients with pain relief and other symptoms. They provide spiritual, emotional, social, and physical assistance, as well as connections to bereavement groups.
Hospice is a concept of care, not a place of care. Therefore, patients can receive care in several settings-from the home to the hospital. Home care teams are available to visit patients at home on a scheduled basis and are also on-call for urgent needs. Individuals residing in nursing homes, or extended care facilities, are also eligible for hospice home care. Hospice staff coordinates care with the facility staff and provides pain and symptom management services as well as emotional and spiritual support. Hospice care is also available for inpatients at a local hospital or a St.Vincent Health facility, for times when intensive symptom management or short-term crisis care is needed-or for when family or caregivers are unable to care for the patient at home due to physical or emotional limitations, or exhaustion.
Locations Offering Hospice Services
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