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Home Health & Hospice

Upholding the dignity of patients and demonstrating the profound respect they deserve while delivering compassionate care.

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Prioritizing Quality of Life at Every Stage

Our Hospice program includes medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support for terminally ill patients and their families.

Caregivers collaborate with families to create and execute a personalized care plan, fostering an environment of dignity and tranquility as patients spend their final days surrounded by loved ones at home.

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Our Services

Services provided by hospice are the same whether care is covered by Medicare or Medicaid. Coverage by insurance companies may vary.

  • Nursing Services: Patients are assigned a case manager nurse. Hospice nurses visit depending on patient needs; typically, visits are one to three days a week. Patients and their caregivers also have access to 24-hour on-call nurses.
  • Physician Participation: Patients are often cared for by their regular physician in cooperation with a hospice medical director.
  • Medical Social Services: Patients are assigned a social worker to assist them with emotional and social needs.
  • Counseling Services: Pastoral or spiritual support and grief counseling for family and caregivers is provided up to one year after the patient’s death.
  • Home Health Aide Services: Aides help patients with their personal care.
  • Medications: Hospice through Medicare and Medicaid covers most medicines related to the hospice diagnosis and those intended to alleviate symptoms.
  • Medical Equipment: Hospice supplies equipment necessary for providing safe, comfortable care in the patient’s home environment. 
  • Laboratory: And other diagnostic studies related to terminal illness
  • Therapists: As appropriate, which may include:
    • Physical therapy
    • Occupational therapy
“Thank you for your kindness, sympathy, and red rose. The service and compassion that you provide in the last days of life is amazing. Please accept this memorial gift in his name.”
Kim H.
 “Through every interaction, our family was comforted by the presence of a professional. It comforted us to know that my husband was well cared for in his final days. CRMC Hospice performs at such a high level.” Jean B.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the goal of Hospice?

Hospice Care aims to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life. It is appropriate when a patient’s life expectancy is six months or less. When curative treatments are no longer working and/or the patient no longer desires to continue them, Hospice becomes the care of choice. Traditional palliative care is also available through CRMC and can be given at any time during an illness.

How is Hospice different than Palliative Care?

Hospice Care is for a patient whose life expectancy is six months or less with a terminal diagnosis. They are no longer pursuing treatments or management of their symptoms and need comfort care. Hospice also offers support for the family and caregivers. 

Palliative Care is for someone living with multiple chronic diseases whose prognosis is uncertain; they’re actively pursuing treatment and symptom management. 

When should I contact Hospice?

A patient is ready for hospice when they have decided to pursue treatments meant only to promote comfort, not cure the illness. Those treatments may include medications to relieve pain, nausea, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, muscle cramps, itching, hiccups, and many more. Hospice staff will assess patient needs, recommend any necessary equipment, and help make arrangements to obtain it.

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