Hospice Care at Home
The caring staff of St. John Hospice helps make patients comfortable wherever they are being cared for, addressing both medical needs and the emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family.
Patients who meet the following criteria may qualify for St. John Hospice care:
- Terminal disease such as cancer, end-stage heart disease, lung disease, dementia, ALS, etc.
- Life-limiting prognosis of six months or less as determined by a physician.
- Desire symptom control and pain management rather than aggressive, curative treatment.
Although patients can be admitted to St. John Hospice with a six-month prognosis, too often patients are referred during the last weeks or days of their lives. The earlier a patient is admitted to the program, the greater the benefit to the patient and family.
- Skilled nursing visits to the home, nursing home or hospital
- A licensed nurse is on call, 24 hours/7 days a week, to manage after-hour emergencies.
- Pain relief and symptom management
- Certified nursing assistants to help with personal care and home chores
- Volunteers help with errands, transportation and visitation
- Training and support for caregivers
- Spiritual assistance for all denominations
- Medical social worker to coordinate community and governmental resources
- Counseling for patient and family
- Comprehensive grief support, including counseling, support groups, informational materials and memorial services.