A person can get end-of-life services if they have a terminal illness, and they only have about six months or less to live. The patient can choose where they want to be taken care of. If they prefer to spend the rest of their lives with loved ones, they can opt to get care from the comfort of their home. Patients may also receive hospice care services in an assisted living facility or a hospital.
Hospice Levels of Care
Hospice of North Alabama provides the level of care that is most appropriate to meet your individual needs.
Routine Home Care
When you or a loved one has a terminal illness, but without any acute symptoms, your physician may assign you to routine home care. It is the most common method of care that can be administered at home or in a hospice care facility in North Alabama. You’ll have regular visits and 24-hour access to our registered nurses to assist you in emergencies. You’ll also get complete medication and a diet from our physicians and dietitians. For your day-to-day activities, our volunteers and social workers can visit your home whenever you need them.
If you need to stay in a hospital to manage your symptoms and severe pain, then inpatient hospice care will be best for you. You’ll have the same privileges as routine home care. You’ll also have a nurse round-the-clock to make sure you eat, take medications, and get treatments on time. Their duties also include recording your vital signs and providing emotional support. Inpatient care is often short-term, so you may be free to transfer to your home or facility once the pain and other symptoms subside.
If you’re still experiencing acute symptoms at home, we can give you continuous home care (CHC). It entails having our staff stationed in your home 24 hours a day to provide care. Like inpatient care, this is often short-term. CHC, according to Medicare, should only be done at a time of medical crisis.
It’s perfectly normal to feel tired and stressed when you’re caring for someone ill. If you want to give your caregivers a break and unwind for a few days, we can provide you with respite care in a long-term care facility. Medicare can cover hospice service costs for up to five consecutive days. The subsequent days or weeks will be billed by the hour.
Your Hospice Care Team
Hospice of North Alabama stands out in our delivery of hospice services, providing the highest quality of care with competence and compassion. You can count on Hospice of our team of experts to provide you with complete and hassle-free hospice care. Our team of professionals makes sure you’re pain-free and comfortable.
We have offices in Huntsville and the Shoals Area, in addition to serving Winston, Walker, Morgan, Marshall, Marion, Madison, Limestone, Lawrence, Lauderdale, Lamar, Jackson, Franklin, Fayette, Dekalb, Cullman, Colbert, and Blount counties.
Whether you’re receiving care at home or in an inpatient facility, you will have access to the following staff members:
The medical director is a physician with specific knowledge of hospice care. The medical director leads the hospice care team, certifies terminal prognosis, consults with other physicians caring for the patient, and oversees the development of patient plans of care.
A registered nurse case manager is responsible for ensuring the delivery of comprehensive and coordinated care. The case manager makes regular visits to assess and respond to the overall status of the patient and family. The nurse reviews physical, emotional and spiritual findings to determine what services are needed to manage symptoms and provide optimal overall care.
The hospice aide provides services under the supervision of the case manager/registered nurse. The aide provides assistance with personal care such as bathing and grooming and can record vital signs and report changes in patient condition to the nurse. The number and frequency of aide visits is based on individual patient requirements and can be adjusted as needed.
The social worker is a licensed professional who can provide counseling and assistance with identifying financial and community resources and obtaining needed support.
The chaplain provides pastoral care directly and/or coordinates spiritual services offered through the community, local religious organizations, and the patient’s own clergy. Spiritual services are provided at the request of the patient/family.
Volunteers are an important part of the hospice care team. They are selected and trained to provide compassionate services in a variety of areas such as running errands, providing light housekeeping, or simply sitting with the patient or family to offer comfort and support. Some volunteers work in the office answering phones and helping with other administrative tasks.