24-Hour Phone Number

(717) 560-8141

(877) 506-0149

24-Hour Phone Number

(717) 560-8141

(877) 506-0149

Hospice Care

Hospice & Community Care provides medical, emotional and spiritual support to individuals and families who are coping with a life-limiting illness. Hospice care focuses on comfort for individuals of all ages with any serious illness who have weeks or months rather than years to live.  Care may be provided at home, in a senior care facility, hospital, or at the Bob Fryer & Family Inpatient Center.

Who provides hospice care?

Hospice & Community Care patients are assigned to a team of professionals who are specially trained in hospice and end-of-life care. Part of the team is your own physician who continues to manage your medical care. Teams are made up of:

  • Registered nurses who provide direct patient care and support to caregivers. RNs are highly trained and work closely with the patient’s physician to provide effective pain and symptom management. They schedule their visits and maintain contact with the patient and the caregiver on a regular basis. A nurse is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to all questions and concerns.
  • Licensed practical nurses will assist families and provide personal care to the patient under the direction of the  RN case manager. They also maintain the course of care that has been outlined  for each patient.
  • Hospice aides are there to help with personal care, including bathing, dressing, oral and nail care and homemaker services under the direction of the RN manger and caregiver.
  • Social workers are available to provide emotional support, counseling and assistance with community resources for families. Individual or family meetings can often help in coping with the stress of serious illness and increased care needs.
  • Spiritual care staff are available to patients, their families and caregivers, and work closely with designated clergy or other spiritual support systems in the community. The chaplains are are sensitive to the spiritual needs of individuals facing serious illness and are available to walk with patients and families, regardless of
  • Hospice physicians and nurse practitioners may visit patients and families to help manage symptoms, discuss treatment options and plan medical care.
  • Complementary therapists including our on-staff massage and music therapists are available to patients to relieve pain, bring comfort and provide support.
  • Volunteers visit patients at home, in senior care facilities or in the Inpatient Center. They also check on deliveries of equipment or medication. Volunteers provide a friendly smile, a listening ear, and a helping hand. They complete an in-depth training program before assisting patients and families.

 

 

For more information about hospice care, call (717) 391-2421.

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