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Keeping Hospice Patients and Caregivers Healthy During the COVID-19 Outbreak

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If someone you love is in hospice or palliative care, you may wonder about patient safety during COVID-19. Compassus is vigilant in monitoring the health of hospice patients and hospice caregivers during COVID-19, using many precautionary measures. Compassus ensures that our hospice patients during COVID-19 at well cared for, despite the challenges of the pandemic. Call 833.380.9583 or fill out our contact form to learn more about how Compassus ensures patient safety during COVID-19.  

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COVID-19 Precautionary Measures at Compassus

At the start of the pandemic, Compassus established several precautionary measures to ensure hospice patients and hospice caregivers stay safe. These measures are still in place and are outlined below. 

Helping You Stay Healthy

The elderly and their caregivers are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 crisis. We owe them safe and supportive care so they can embrace the best lives possible. At Compassus, we strive to keep hospice patients and hospice caregivers safe by:

  • Ensuring hospices have enough protective equipment
  • Implementing additional safety protocols
  • Increasing communication with hospice patients and hospice caregivers
  • Providing extra support for hospice staff

We understand that comfort and connection are essential for hospice patients and hospice caregivers. We’ve implemented strategies that help both parties stay in touch and remain safe during the pandemic.

Managing Pain

We carefully monitor the pain symptoms of hospice patients to keep them comfortable and out of the hospital. Pain symptoms that need monitoring, other than actual instances of feeling pain, include:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue

If hospice patients have difficulty managing their pain, hospice nurses and physicians will work with them to create a plan of care that’s specific to their needs. This care plan may include medications, massage therapy, or other holistic approaches.

Did you know that more than 40% of patients can contract coronavirus in the hospital? Patients in palliative care are particularly at risk. Visiting the hospital comes with many risks, especially during a pandemic, so hospice staff closely monitor hospice patients and manage their pain before considering hospital care.

Honoring Patients’ Desire to Stay at Home

Compassus takes extraordinary precautions to protect patients and keep them out of the hospital while giving them comfort, safety, and quality of life at their residences. We provide the following at our patients’ homes:

  • Hospice care
  • Infusion therapy
  • Person-centered care

Our home infusion therapy services provide patients access to medications and treatments that can help reduce pain, improve quality of life, and prolong life while allowing them to remain in their homes. Our patients receive comprehensive medical care from experienced professionals in the comfort of their residences. Our hospice caregivers ensure that each patient receives optimal care for physical and emotional needs.

Reducing Hospital and Emergency Visits

Although studies show that about 30% of end-of-life nursing home patients return to the hospital, our patients do not often do so. With the pandemic still ongoing, hospital beds are sorely needed. Hospice care can help.

Hospice care from Compassus can help prevent hospital readmissions. We give patients comfort, safety, and quality of life while keeping them out of the hospital, opening up beds for those who need them most during the COVID-19 crisis. We expertly manage medication, symptoms, and pain for patients at home. In doing so, hospice care keeps patients out of the hospital and opens up beds for those who need them most. 

Find Hospice Caregivers During COVID-19 with Compassus

The goal of Compassus is to focus on each person as an individual and a patient. Doing so improves the quality of life of all hospice patients during COVID-19 in a meaningful way. If you’re looking for home health services for someone you love, call 833.380.9583 or fill out the Compassus contact form today. We are ready to answer any questions about hospice care and provide compassionate, person-centered care.