What services are offered by Affinity Hospice?
NOW, is the best time to learn about Affinity Hospice services and discuss end of life wishes with your healthcare provider and family before a crisis develops. Educating yourself now will help you know when to ask your healthcare provider about hospice services.
The services each patient and their family receive and the frequency in which they receive them are customized based totally on the needs of the patient and family.
How do I know if I qualify?When to begin hospice services depends on each individual. If you or your loved one have been diagnosed with a life limiting illness, hospice can be a wonderful option.
The following may be signs demonstrating it’s the right time to ask your healthcare provider about hospice care:
1. Decision is made to not seek curative or aggressive treatment
2. Decreased functional ability, meaning needing more assistance with daily activities like bathing, dressing and meal preparation
3. Increase in pain, nausea, breathing distress or other decline
4. Increased emergency room visits or hospitalizations
5. Weight loss
6. Recurrent infections
Physicians at Affinity Hospice are available 24 hours a day, which greatly reduces or eliminates the need for emergency room visits and/or hospitalizations.
Emotional and Spiritual Support
Social Work and Chaplain Services are available as requested to provide emotional and spiritual support, not only to the patient but to the entire family.
Medications related to the patient’s hospice diagnosis will be provided at no charge to the family.
The hospice plan of care will include scheduled nursing visits by a Registered Nurse and 24 hours, 7 days a week on call availability. Nursing aide services are also available as needed to assist with personal care and other activities of daily living.
Medical Equipment and Supplies
Medical equipment and supplies necessary to care for the patient will be provided at no cost to the family
Physical, occupational and speech therapy can be offered to provide comfort for the patient as recommended by the physician.
Short Term Respite Care
Affinity Hospice can offer short term care for home patients in a contracted facility specifically to provide caregiver relief.
Hospice volunteers are available to offer companionship and emotional support to patients and families.