Hospice Partners of America is Committed to the Highest Level of Patient and Family Care!
As a person nears the end-of-life, they are beginning what is often one of the most tumultuous and trying times that they have experienced. This doesn’t have to be the case! Understanding the options and help that are available to you during this time is crucial in ensuring a peaceful and positive life.
At Hospice Partners of America, and all of our family of hospice care agencies, we strive every day to far exceed the needs and expectations of our patients.
When you or a loved one has a life expectancy of six months or less, that is the time that hospice care should begin. This allows time for everyone involved to become well acquainted with the hospice team and for the patient to receive the maximum benefit of hospice care.
The benefits of hospice care are infinite. As a mater of fact, research shows that patients who receive hospice care often live longer than those who do not choose hospice. Additionally the hospice team is able to work with both the patient and their loved ones to determine specific life goals, and ensure that the ability to achieve these goals are provided. Symptoms and pain can be better managed when the hospice team has the opportunity to become involved in the management of the process sooner rather than later. Hospice Social Workers are able to work with families on any issues that may be present during this time of transition. Spiritual concerns are addressed by a team of specially trained chaplains, and others, who are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. We make sure that we do whatever it takes when it matters most to ensure the best end-of-life experience possible.
If you have questions, now is the time to get answers. We are here for you, and want to make sure you find the peace that you and your loved ones deserve.
Hospice Care is About Celebrating Every Day of Life!
Hospice Partners believes in truly honoring Veterans and Serenity Hospice, a member agency of the Hospice Partners of America family, is always a shining example of superior Veteran care.
Our hospice teams enjoy the opportunity to facilitate celebratory Veteran Pinning Ceremonies, where heroic men and women are honored for their service and sacrifice to our country. Recently it was learned that a patient on the service of Serenity Hospice was soon to celebrate a big wedding anniversary around the time of his Veteran Pinning Ceremony. The hospice team decided to surprise everyone and combine these two special celebrations, and met with the patient’s wife to discuss what kinds of things the gentleman liked most.
After this meeting a menu consisting of popcorn shrimp and steamed veggies for her, and chicken noodle soup and slow-churned vanilla ice cream with peanut butter cups for him was chosen. The team also ordered a cake with half in honor of the anniversary celebration, and the other half in honor of the patient’s military service.
During the event more than 30 people attended, and everyone enjoyed this exciting time. The patient was presented with a quilt, military shadow box and of course his Veteran pin, certificate and Army Creed. It was a very emotional ceremony. The patient said he loved everything about this day, and the Serenity Team made something special when it was needed most.
Life is difficult and full of obstacles. But as a member of a hospice team we work tirelessly to not let obstacles prevent patients from experiencing life in the way they choose!
A few years after moving to Texas from Northern California, a man and wife just wanted to go home when he began to rapidly decline after a diagnosis of Lung Cancer. Quickly the couple became heartbroken when the reality of the move set in. It was to be a 1,858 mile, 28-hour trip. They would need insurance, housing, medical equipment, caregiver assistance, packing, moving and even a new home. They decided it was too much to do on their own.
This is the point when a Social Worker of Alamo Hospice, a member hospice provider of the Hospice Partners of America family, began to see the opportunity to make something special happen.
Logistics were arranged including movers, transportation, medical necessities were covered and the couple was even able to purchase a home next door to the wife’s sister.
As the move date approached, the gentleman began an even greater decline which threatened to cancel the move. The Alamo team, along with others, embarked on a herculean task and secured specialized medical air transportation which ensured the trip could take place. Despite a few more medical bumps along the way, the couple landed in California, drove to their new home and got the patient comfortable in his bed surrounded by friends and family.
One thing we don’t do at Hospice Partners of America is give up hope, we redefine it!
Hospice of Virginia is looking to add to our talented team of caring professionals. We are currently seeking compassionate and caring hospice nurses.
• Self-motivated individuals with a desire to care for patients during the final months of life • Work autonomously providing care for patients in their home environment • Strong assessment skills required and one year of clinical experience preferred • New & Improved Salary Structure
What is a Hospice Nurse?
Many people believe hospice is the final few days, or even hours, of a patient’s life. In reality the hospice benefit is six months of care, and sometimes longer.
At Hospice of Virginia our major focus is the ability to build relationships and provide care for patients and their families nearing the end of life.
We strive to go beyond the normal scope of the hospice benefit, and redefine hope for patients receiving hospice care. Our commitment is to do whatever it takes, when it matters most. Our goal is that no one dies alone, afraid or in pain.
Join us if you want to provide nursing care the way it was meant to be!
One of our greatest assets in life is the power to choose what is best for us. We begin to make choices the second that we wake up each day. “Should I stay in bed a bit longer, or should I get up as soon as the alarm begins to buzz?” “What should I wear?”
And believe me the choices you make matter!
All throughout life we choose how to live, where to live, who to live with and even what things give the most meaning to our life?
The most devastating aspect of a person nearing the end of life, is that we seemingly lose our ability to make the same basic choices we always have. For example, we are now told what medications to take, where we should spend our final days, and many times we are told who will be the one providing care when we need it most. The reality is that everyone has a choice in how to experience their final months of life. And you should spend it doing what you love most, surrounded by the people you love most and in the place you want to be.
Hospice care provides a team of experts on end-of-life issues that will allow you to decide what is best. You and your loved ones get to choose which hospice agency is best for you, and then work with your team to create a custom plan of care specific to your goals and choices.
Life is all about the choices you make. Choose to live your final months with those who will always do whatever it takes when it matters most.
Those things which we do not understand are most often the things that cause the most stress. In school for example, some students dread the walk to their algebra class. A feeling of stress and imminent doom overwhelm them as they ponder the question, “What does X really equal anyway?” Whereas for some, algebra comes easy and stress is not a part of their journey to mathematical wizardry. The difference – the level of knowledge and understanding.
Much more significant than algebraic equations, are issues related to health. What treatments are needed? How will I pay for my care? Who will take care of me? Will it hurt? Will I be alone?
You aren’t expected to understand everything; no one does. However when it comes to your health understanding is crucial. Hospice is a specialized form of healthcare which functions through an interdisciplinary team of experts who do understand all of the unique needs of end-of-life care. With social workers, chaplains, physicians, nurses, physical therapists and more; a hospice team is built specifically to meet all of the needs of both the patient and the family.
When it comes to understanding, hospice is one of the least understood aspects of healthcare. So many people avoid the “hospice conversation” until it is too late. Hospice is not a place to die or even a way to die. Hospice is a way for you to choose to live your final months.
According to recent research, seventy percent of all people would prefer to spend their final days in their own home; however, in reality only around thirty percent of patients actually do. Making the choice to elect your hospice benefit is not making a choice to give up. Choosing hospice is choosing how you will define your life.
Live your life without fear as your hospice team works to meet every need that you and your loved ones have during this critical time. Your final months should be spent living your dreams, not visiting doctors.
Life is all about the choices you make. When it comes to your health it is important that you make the best choice possible. Hospice empowers you with the opportunity of spending quality time the way you choose, in the place you decide. No matter what you may be facing, take control of your health and find a redefined hope for a better quality of life.