Hospice is a type of care and a philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation of a terminally ill or seriously ill patient’s symptoms. These symptoms can be physical, emotional, or psychosocial in nature. Hospice care focuses on bringing comfort, self-respect, and tranquility to people in the final years of life. Patients’ symptoms and pain are controlled, goals of care are discussed and emotional needs are supported. Hospice believes that the end of life is not a medical experience; it is a human experience that benefits from expert medical and holistic support that hospice offers. The modern concept of hospice includes palliative care for the incurably ill given in such institutions as hospitals or nursing homes, but also care provided to those who would rather spend their last months and days of life in their own homes. Hospice care also involves assistance for patients’ families to help them cope with what is happening and provide care and support to keep the patient at home.
Four Levels of Care:
- Routine Home Care: Novus provides residential careandhas established partnerships with long-term care facilities and nursing homes, assisted living facilities and residential care facilities for the elderly.
- Continuous Care: Novus can provide shifts of hospice staff for a brief period to help the patient remain at home through a difficult time, rather than transferring the patient to a hospital.
- General Inpatient Care: Novus has special arrangements with local hospitals and other facilities where patients may receive necessary and appropriate inpatient care to address needs beyond what can be safely managed at home.
- Respite Care: Limited to five consecutive days, respite care provides a brief break or rest for the patient’s primary caregiver by admitting the home care patient to an institutional setting without meeting the “inpatient” pain and symptom management criteria
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