Hospice Care in Nursing Facilities
For those dealing with a serious illness, Hospice of the Piedmont team members provide the care and treatment necessary for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, wherever you call home – including a skilled nursing facility, continuing care retirement community, rest home, or assisted living facility.
When curative treatments are no longer effective, Hospice of the Piedmont can provide help, comfort, and support. Hospice care concentrates on keeping patients comfortable and free of pain, so that they can make the most of each remaining day. Recent studies show that residents who receive hospice care generally may live longer and more comfortably than those who do not.
At the heart of Hospice care is the belief that everyone has the right to die pain free, with dignity, and with support for their loved ones. Our specialized team of professionals is devoted to the needs of terminally-ill patients and their families, and we work in partnership with the facility staff and medical director. Hospice care teams include:
- Our medical director, who is a physician, and nurse practitioners
- Registered nurses
- Nursing assistants
- Medical social workers
- Other professionals, as needed, such as therapists or dieticians
- Chaplains, as desired
- Trained volunteers,if requested.
Specially-trained registered nurses make regular visits to assess the patient′s medical and physical condition, and on-call staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Nursing assistants provide personal care for the patients, as desired, including assistance with bathing, grooming, and other tasks. Arrangements are made for medical equipment, supplies, and medications needed by the patient.
At many Triad area nursing facilities, this special team from Hospice of the Piedmont is available to partner with facility caregivers to ensure that eligible residents receive high-quality care for:
- Pain control
- Symptom management
- Emotional and spiritual support for residents and their families
- Additional monitoring to complement nursing facility care
- Advocates for honoring patient wishes.
Referrals may be initiated by residents themselves, their families, or the facility staff. Patients′ primary care physicians must agree that they are appropriate for hospice care before services can be initiated.
Hospice services in nursing facilities are reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance coverage. With generous community support, no one is turned away or denied optimal care by Hospice of the Piedmont because of financial resources.
We can help by providing both comfort and support. Call 336.889.8446 for more information about Hospice services, or see Frequently Asked Questions.