Monday, 26th of June 2017

What is Hospice?

Our hospice team includes nurses, home health aides, social workers, trained volunteers, chaplains, a physician, and a bereavement coordinator. This experienced team develops a plan of care with the patient, family, and physician and provides instruction and support to the caregivers.

Hospice is a program of compassionate, family-centered care. It allows patients with a terminal illness to remain at home, in greater control of their lives, surrounded by the people and things that give life meaning and comfort. Since the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of a terminal disease affect everyone in the home. Hospice care serves the entire family, not just the patient, and continues after death with bereavement support.

At Hospice For Utah, we believe that quality of life is as important as length of life
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Included In Hospice Care

Prescription Medications

Prescription medications related to the hospice diagnosis are covered under the hospice benefit.

Durable Medical Equipment

Medical equipment used to provide comfort, convenience, and safety is provided and covered under the hospice benefit.

Supplies

Necessary medical supplies such as briefs, wipes, gloves, catheter equipment and wound care supplies are provided and covered under the hospice benefit.

Hospice for Utah Medical Care Team

Physician

Our physician consults with the primary physician in caring for patients and visits patients wherever they reside to care for their medical needs.

Nurses

Registered Nurses and Licensed Practicing Nurses assess the patient’s condition, educate the family/caregiver and help with pain management and control of symptoms. They also provide a daily 24 hour “on-call” service.

Certified Nursing Assistants help with bathing, personal care, and light housekeeping.

Social Workers

Licensed, trained and experienced Social Workers provide emotional support for families, help with crisis intervention and coordination with other community resources.

Chaplains

Spiritual support is an important part of hospice care. The non-denominational chaplains at Hospice for Utah help provide spiritual guidance for patients and their families within the framework of each individual’s belief system.

Volunteers

Hospice for Utah benefits greatly from the help of skilled volunteers. All volunteers are provided with extensive training and work closely with the rest of the hospice team to provide consistent care.

Services Provided Above Standard Hospice Care

Hospice for Utah provides an array of services that goes beyond medicare requirements.

  • Caregiver education
  • Massage
  • Assistance with personal cleanliness
  • Companionship
  • Snoezelen therapy for patients with Dementia or Alzheimer’s
  • Assistance with basic household chores
  • Provision of favorite foods, music or pastimes
  • Volunteer support
  • Aromatherapy
  • Advance directives and funeral arrangements
  • Bereavement support after the passing of a loved one

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