Hospice is a philosophy of care. The Hospice philosophy or viewpoint accepts death as the final stage of life. The goal of hospice is to help patients live out their last days as alert and pain-free as possible. Hospice care tries to manage symptoms so that a person's last days may be spent with dignity and quality, surrounded by their loved ones.
Hospice exists in the hope and belief that, through appropriate care, patients and their families may be free to attain a degree of quality of life, mental and spiritual preparations for death , and attain a peace of mind that is meaningful to them.
The Hospice Team
Hospice Care is provided by an interdisciplinary team. They are knowledgeable about and sensitive to the unique needs patients and families in the final phases of a terminal illness. The Hospice team collaborates continually with the doctor, patient and family to maintain a patient directed, individualized plan of care.
What does a Hospice Team offer you?
A physician reviews and coordinates all patient care with the patient’s personal local physician
Licensed Nurses coordinate all patient care. They perform physical assessment and skilled nursing care. They teach, counsel and support the patient, family and caregivers to enhance safe home care and pain management.
A Hospice Social Worker meets the psychosocial and emotional needs of the hospice patient and family. They assist the family with the grief process, provide counseling and facilitate bereavement support groups for those experiencing loss.
Certified Nurses Aides
Hospice Nurse Aides assist the patient with personal care which includes bathing, dressing and meal preparation. They provide support and companionship.
All specialized therapists (physical, speech, occupational and nutritional) participate in coordinating, evaluating and making recommendations to meet the needs of the Hospice patient.
Hospice provides spiritual care services that are consistent with patient and family beliefs through our Hospice clergy.
"When the quantity of life is minimized, the quality must be maximized." ~ Dr. Josefina Magna
Criteria to be admitted as a Hospice patient include diagnosis of a terminal disease or end stage disease. It also includes a decition to shift the goals of treatment from curative to palliative therapy. The focus changes to pain management and maximizing the quality of remaining life.
The Hospice Department at JCHC is federally certified by Medicare and Medicaid. It is also certified by the Wyoming State Department of Health. Susie Bowling Lawrence Hospice is a member of the national Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.