Hospice is more than just nursing care for those with a life-limiting illness. It focuses on the goals and values of the patient and family, ensuring physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs are met. There are four general types of hospice care:
Palliative Care provides relief from the pain, symptoms and the stress of a serious illness. Patients may continue curative treatments and move in and out of palliative services as needed. Support includes:
- Managing complex pain and other symptoms
- Emotions support for patients and families
- Reducing the side effects of medications or treatments
- Planning your healthcare goals and priorities
Whether recovering from surgery, illness or coping with a chronic condition, home can be an ideal place to receive care. Home health options are often less expensive than a hospital, rehabilitation facility or a nursing home.
Infusion therapy at home enables patients to receive treatment without having to go to a hospital or clinic. Many people prefer home IV therapy because it offers greater independence and flexibility. Recent studies show IV therapy at home is just as safe and effective as therapy in a clinical setting. It often costs less and many patients say they recovery faster and with less stress.
Premier care is non-medical assistance enabling people to stay healthy, safe and independent while living at home. Care may be as simple as friendly companionship for an elderly family member or help with everyday activities. It also includes more advanced personal care, including bathing assistance and dressing.