wHAT IS Hospice Care?
• Summit View Hospice is a specially trained team that provides professional medical services, as well as emotional and spiritual support to patients and families navigating a life-limiting illness.
• Hospice is intended to help during the last six months of life, don't wait too long.
• We provide nursing care and support services wherever a patient lives, so that trips to the hospital can be avoided.
• Hospice staff, medications, and equipment are available 24 hours, 7 days a week.
• Expertise in pain and symptom management helps individuals live each day to the fullest.
• Hospice is committed to assisting families and loved ones in working through the grieving process.
When a loved one with a terminal illness is ready to receive medical care for comfort, rather than a cure, Summit View Hospice is available to provide compassionate support. Hospice palliative care is the foundation of our program and our mission is to help our patients live each day as alert and pain-free as possible, surrounded by people who care.
Each individualized plan of care involves the support of a physician, registered nurses, social service counselors, spiritual counselors, certified nursing assistants, and volunteers. Medical care, counseling, medications, and equipment are all provided wherever the patient lives, whether that is a private residence, nursing home, assisted living facility, or group home.
Although a nurse, doctor, and other professionals maintain the hospice program, the patient's primary caregiver is a key team member. The primary caregiver is usually a family member or friend who is with the patient most of the time, and will be educated by our team about what to expect and how to respond.
To handle around-the-clock patient needs or crises, our programs offer an on-call nurse who answers phone calls day and night, makes home visits, or sends a team member when needed between scheduled visits.
"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” -Mother Teresa