Hospice Care at Home
Hospice care concentrates on keeping patients comfortable and free of pain, so that they can make the most of each remaining day. At the heart of Hospice care is that the belief that everyone has the right to die pain free, with dignity, and with support for their loved ones.
For patients and families dealing with a serious illness, Hospice of the Piedmont team members visit the home to provide comfort and support. Expert medical care and support services are available for patients of all ages with any life-limiting illness.
The Hospice team is composed of compassionate professionals who address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients:
- The Patient’s Personal Physician may continue to direct the patient′s care alongside other members of the Hospice team.
- The Hospice Medical Director is a physician specially trained in pain and symptom management as well as other issues involved in treating life-threatening illness.
- Registered Nurses have advanced training and provide comprehensive nursing services in the home. On-call staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year as needed.
- Nursing Assistants are trained to provide personal care in the home in a respectful and professional manner that promotes dignity for the patient.
- Medical Social Workers have advanced education in counseling and are trained to help individuals and families cope with emotional, social, and financial stresses associated with life-limiting illness and impending loss.
- The Hospice Chaplain is a minister who provides spiritual care and counseling, if requested. Care is non-denominational and does not impose any particular theology or religion, but addresses spiritual concerns related to death and dying.
- The Kids Path (Children′s) Counselor has expertise in counseling children with a terminal illness and also in supporting children and teens who are dealing with a serious illness or loss of a loved one. For more information, see our Kids Path pages about illnessgrief
- The Bereavement Counselor provides specialized grief support to families following the loss of a loved one. Support groups, reading materials, and individual counseling can continue for up to a year. For more information, see .
- Volunteers have completed an intense training program preparing them to help patients and families with practical needs such as running errands and companionship.
- Physical, Occupational, Speech and Nutritional Therapists are used as needed whenever these services would benefit the patient.
- Language Translators are available for non-English speaking patients.
For more information and answers about Hospice services, see Frequently Asked Questions.