Hospice is a service that provides care for individuals in their last six months of life who wish to focus on living their best life with the time they have remaining.
Care Tailored to Your Wishes
At Bartlett Regional Hospital, we focus on getting to know our patients and their families/caregivers to create a medical plan that puts our patients’ needs and goals at the forefront of their care. Through skilled, compassionate care, we strive to meet the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients and families. Hospice care is most effective when it is begun early so that patients and their families can benefit from the education, support, and counseling services. Our care focuses on easing discomfort to allow our patients to focus on what is important to them.
Hospice care helps patients and their families make informed choices, provides companionship to patients and respite to caregivers, provides grief support, and identifies key community services that can be of assistance. All hospice services are provided in the patient's home or place of residence (ex: nursing home, assisted living facility).
During the often difficult last stages of a serious illness, many people feel that they have lost control over their lives and over what will happen to them. Will I be a burden to my family? Will I be able to manage the pain? Can I stay in my home, or do I have to go to the hospital? How do I say goodbye? Hospice care can show you your options and give you back some control. It allows you to make decisions about things that are important to you and help you live as fully as possible until the end of life.
As a Medicare Certified Hospice (pending), we provide four levels of care, including:
- Routine care in the home
- General inpatient short-term acute care
- Continuous short-term, intensive in-home care
- Respite short-term care in a designated facility
- Case management services provided by a registered nurse
- Durable medical equipment (DME)
- Medication for symptom and pain management
- Nursing aide visits to assist with personal care
- 24-hour provider oversight
- Regular home nursing visits and 24-hour access to a registered nurse for urgent questions, care, and support
- Guidance, resource finding, and support from a medical social worker
- Spiritual and emotional counseling by chaplains
- Respite for caregivers and families
- Support from a team of volunteers
If you choose, your personal health care provider may be a part of your hospice team. Other hospice team members often include:
- Registered Nurses
- Medical Social Workers
- Hospice Aides
- Clinical Pharmacists
- Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists
- Volunteers and Bereavement Support
Hospice care is for those with a prognosis of six months or less, whose desired focus of care is on comfort and quality of life.
Appropriate hospice diagnoses include, but are not limited to:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Cardiac Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Parkinson's Disease
- Renal Disease
Bartlett Regional Hospital is a Medicare Certified Hospice agency (pending). We will bill all eligible insurances including Medicare, Medicaid, VA, and private insurance. No one needing Hospice care is turned away because of inability to pay.
The Hospice team is happy to help answer any questions you might have about hospice care.