IN THE HOME
Hospice care can be provided in the patient's home, surrounded by loved ones and a familiar environment. While a nurse, doctor, and other professionals staff the home hospice program, the primary caregiver plays a very important part in the patient's care. The primary caregiver is usually a family member or friend who is responsible for around-the-clock supervision of the patient. This person can also be a hired caregiver and is trained by the nurse to provide much of the hands-on care.
It is important to acknowledge that the patient may require someone to be home with them at all times. This may be a problem if you live alone, or all family members have full-time jobs, but creative scheduling and good team work among your friends and loved ones can overcome this problem. Members of the hospice team will visit regularly to check on the patient and family and give needed care and services.
IN A LONG TERM CARE FACILITY
Many nursing homes and other long-term care facilities accept hospice patients. We diligently train the staff in these facilities to care for hospice patients when a member of the hospice team is not on site. This is a good option for patients who want hospice care but do not have primary caregivers to take care of them at home. Mission Hospice continues to send all the appropriate team members to the facility and provide any medications related to comfort care and pain relief.