Crisis Care

Caring for a family member can be incredibly challenging -- and there are times when professional services are required. At Agapé Hospice, we offer comprehensive Crisis Care services for patients in need of immediate palliative care and pain management, in addition to training and emotional support for their family members. A medical crisis is a stressful and overwhelming time. You don't need to face it alone.

What is Crisis Care?

Crisis care is also sometimes known as continuous care. A period of crisis is a time period in which a patient requires either round-the-clock care or care that is available to them 24 hours a day. Often, this form of continuous care may come before the patient is truly ready for hospice care. A period of crisis will include any necessary pain management and treatments and will give your loved one a skilled nursing professional who is able to concentrate on their care alone. In addition to providing professional help, crisis care will also help family members learn more about how to care for their loved one inside of their own home. 

What is Included in Crisis Care?

A crisis can occur at any moment. Patients who are currently considered to be in medical crisis may exhibit some of the following issues:

  • Inability to breathe, especially when lying down. We may provide equipment to make breathing easier for your loved one in addition to treating the cause of the respiratory distress.
  • Disorientation and a lack of focus. Your loved one may not be aware of their environment or may seem distressed. We will offer both training and support during this time.
  • An increase in pain. We offer extensive pain management services for those who are experiencing pain from a non-treatable cause. 
  • Bleeding. We can help you determine the cause of bleeding in your loved one and whether or not it is a treatable issue. 

The above issues may naturally occur towards the end of life of many patients, but patients may not yet be ready to commit to hospice care. At Agapé Hospice, we focus on meeting all of the needs of our patients and their families, from our multicultural faith-based support to our extensive medical expertise. 

Crisis care and continuous care gives you the opportunity to get the help that you need within your own home. If you have a family member who currently requires crisis care or who may require it in the future, don't hesitate to contact us at Agapé Hospice. We provide both physical and emotional support to both patients and families. 

I want to start by saying Thank You from the bottom of my heart. I have worked with Agape since 2011 and been in hospice since 2005. All of these years did not prepare me to be a family member. I cannot say enough amazing things about our staff. They made this very surprising and short process a beautiful one that was full of love, comfort, and compassion. I want to say thank you to each and every one of you. Thank you for sharing this moment with me and my family. 

Ashley Russell-Gause, CHC, Agapé Hospice Employee