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What is Hospice Care?

Hospice of North Alabama is a hospice provider offering expert and compassionate care to those experiencing a life-limiting illness.

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice is an approach to care tailored specifically to meet the needs of individuals and families who are facing a life-limiting illness. A diverse medical care team works together to manage pain, increase comfort, and support every aspect of a patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual health. The goal of hospice care is to help people live their last days with respect, peace, and dignity.

Compassionate Hospice Care in Northern Alabama

Transitioning to hospice care can be difficult for patients and their families, but it does not have to be. Hospice of North Alabama makes everyone involved as comfortable as possible. We offer premier hospice care services in northern Alabama, allowing your loved one to live in comfort and dignity. No matter what level of care they need, our experienced and dedicated staff will make every effort possible to accommodate.

Our Philosophy

Hospice affirms life and recognizes that the dying process is a normal part of the living process. Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death. Rather, hospice provides the support and palliative care needed for a person to live as fully, joyfully and comfortably as possible in the last phases of a terminal illness. Hospice believes that through appropriate care and the promotion of a caring community, patients and families/caregivers will be able to prepare for death in a way that is satisfactory and meaningful to them.

We use a holistic approach to address the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of our patients and their families. Our goal is to relieve suffering and enable a peaceful and comfortable end-of-life transition. We seek to enhance the quality of life during the terminal phases of the patient’s illness and to support the patient and family in carrying out their wishes during this time.

Indicators that are hospice-eligible can include but are not limited to:

  • Weight Loss
  • Increased assistance with daily activities (ADLs)
  • Increased weakness and fatigue
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Shortness of breath or chest pain
  • Continuous oxygen
  • Increased/changes in medication
  • Recurring or multiple infections
  • Frequent phone calls to physician
  • Frequent hospitalizations or ER visits

Physician Services Will Address All Needs

At Hospice of North Alabama, we provide the physician services you would expect of hospice and go above and beyond to provide premier care for our patients. The patient’s Primary Care Physician remains the director of their care, and our staff works to keep them informed of the patient’s condition, wants, and needs. Working in conjunction with our Medical Director, our clinical team provides all necessary education and home visits that are outlined in each care plan.

Taking Care of Pain and Symptom Management

Care plans for pain and medication coordination are essential aspects of hospice care. We work with your loved one to understand their needs, and then we create a strategy for pain and symptom management throughout their time with us. Patients will have access to a dedicated nurse by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our nurses will administer the necessary medications and treatments during their home visits to keep your loved one as comfortable as possible.

Personalized Comfort Care for Your Loved One

There are few things that are more dehumanizing than being treated like just another number. At Hospice of North Alabama, we create Personalized Hospice Care that treat your loved one as a human being. Our nurses and nurse aides add a personal touch to their daily care plans, so you can rest assured your loved one is in good hands.

Bereavement Support

It is an understatement to say dealing with the loss of a loved one is difficult. That is why Hospice of North Alabama is committed to providing bereavement services to families of loved ones. You will meet with a qualified bereavement coordinator during the admission process and will receive their support throughout the entire hospice care process.

Assisting Beyond Physical Needs

Just as important as the physical needs, social and spiritual support are prioritized during the care process. Our Medical Social Workers are available to help you navigate the required paperwork associated with the admission process to hospice care. Also, should you have a religious affiliation, our chaplain and bereavement teams will assist you with spiritual needs during end of life and any special arrangements you prefer, such as funeral arrangements and memorial services.

Volunteers Add an Extra Personal Touch

In addition to the knowledgeable care team, Hospice of North Alabama has a dedicated volunteer staff available for our hospice patients. Our volunteers are compassionate, friendly individuals aimed at providing extra care for your loved one. These volunteers go for walks, read to patients, create personalized crafts, or simply provide conversations. Our volunteers are also available to offer you and your family support through the grieving process.

We Take Care of the Supplies You Need

The cost of medication can put an undue burden on a patient’s family. Luckily, Hospice of North Alabama will handle the costs associated with medication, medical equipment, and other supplies related to the patient’s terminal diagnosis. We are well-equipped to coordinate with insurance companies to ensure all medical supplies are readily available.

Have More Questions?

Hospice of North Alabama has a complete list of Frequently Asked Questions that you can find the answers you are looking for. 

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