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, 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.
Care begins by contacting Summit View Hospice to let us know that a loved one may be a candidate for hospice care. One of our certified hospice nurses will respond quickly to find out more about the patient and their needs. If the patient is ready for the additional benefits hospice can provide, our staff will work with their current physician to get any documentation needed, and a Summit View doctor or nurse will visit the patient. The patient's current physician often continues to be an active participant in the care. Return visits are scheduled so that needs can be re-evaluated regularly.
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.
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