Coordination of Hospice Care
Many people think that hospice care is only for patients who are in a “hospice house” or their own home. This is not true. Hospice care is also provided in assisted living residences. It is true that assisted living residents who are terminally ill often require care beyond what the facility can provide. This is their home – the place they know and are comfortable and where they have developed close friendships with other residents and with staff they know and trust.
By selecting hospice care, residents may be able to remain at Woodcrest Village during their last months of life. Hospice care is provided by an outside agency, not Woodcrest Village. However, both organizations work closely together to provide the best possible care for the resident. Good communication between the family, Woodcrest Village staff, and the hospice staff can make all the difference in the hospice experience.
The hospice team works with the patient, their loved ones and the assisted living community to develop an individualized plan of care to best meet the patient’s needs. This plan will include the members of the team that will provide care, the frequency of their visits and the care that will be provided. The hospice team has regular meetings to discuss each patient and their plan of care. Please let them know if you would like to participate in these meetings.
Hospice care is most beneficial when it is elected as early as possible. Making the decision to choose hospice earlier affords the patient and their loved ones adequate time for symptom and pain management and the development of a trusting relationship with their hospice team. Hospice social workers and chaplains are also available to help work through the multitude of challenging relationships and situations that are common at end of life. Your hospice team has a depth of knowledge and experience with end-of-life matters. They will be there to answer your questions and help you be better prepared for this journey.
If you’d like to learn more about our hospice care services, please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience and one of the specialists on our staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
At Woodcrest Village, we seek to provide all of our residents with dignity, respect, and the senior care services needed for a healthy, full life while in an assisted living setting.