If you or someone you love is at an advanced stage with a serious illness, you have no doubt heard of hospice care. But is hospice a place or a service? It’s understandably confusing because the word is often used to describe a company or facility that provides care as well as the actual care itself. At its heart, hospice is a philosophy more than anything else; one that believes people coping with a terminal illness deserve help with the physical, emotional, spiritual and social challenges this stage of life brings. Hospice care can be received at any location -- in a private home, an assisted living facility, a nursing home or a hospice facility. At Agapé Hospice, our faith-based, multicultural approach benefits patients no matter where they are located. Home hospice care allows you to stay in your own home and avoid unnecessary visits to the hospital or emergency room.
What Services does Home Hospice Care Provide?
Together with the patient, our Agapé Hospice team will establish a Plan of Care that addresses all the person’s needs. This multi-disciplinary team may include physicians, nurses, social workers, hospice aids, clergy, bereavement counselors and volunteers dedicated to helping you stay at home if that is your desire. Your care needs can be met with a few visits a week, daily care or on an on-call basis after normal business hours. Our home-care team members do not provide 24-hour care, but are available for emergencies 24 hours per day.
Home hospice care is not just available for the patient. Hospice is an inclusive service that also provides care for a patient’s family members. At Agapé Hospice, we understand the challenges of end-of-life care affect everyone connected to person who is ill. Spiritual and emotional support, counseling, and medical services are available to the patient’s caregivers and family. Patients receiving hospice care at home can expect the same level of care and services, including:
- A Plan of Care developed by the patient’s attending physician and other trained hospice personnel
- Relief of symptoms and pain management
- Comfort-oriented medical treatments
- Bereavement counseling
- Spiritual and emotional support
- Improved quality of life
- Support for family and caregivers
- Help in making practical end-of-life decisions
The best time to talk about home hospice services and end-of-life care is before they are needed. These topics can be difficult for families and individuals to discuss, but the compassionate, nonjudgmental and experienced staff at Agapé Hospice is here to help. Our goal is to assist you and your family in coping with these stressful issues. Please contact one of our many conveniently located South Carolina offices to learn more about how home hospice services can improve your life or that of someone you love.