Hospice Services

Portrait of Smiling Senior Woman and Her Mixed Race Female Caregiver Together at Nursing Home. Caring Female Doctor Taking Care of a Happy, Elderly Woman

Hospice is designed to enhance the level of care and services provided in the home environment—whether that be a personal home; a family member’s home; an independent, assisted, or specialty care assisted living facility; a nursing home; an inpatient unit; or a hospital. These services are not intended to diminish the role of the patient and the caregiver. Instead, the team’s goal is to provide people and their families with options regarding the most appropriate level of care to meet their needs, with the ability to increase services as their needs increase. 

Services include:

  • Pain and symptom management to relieve symptoms, promote comfort and enhance quality of life
  • Resources and education to the patient and family for how to best manage symptoms and care
  • Visits from members of the interdisciplinary team
  • 24/7/365 access to a nurse by telephone
  • Spiritual and emotional support for patients and their families
  • Medical equipment, supplies, and medications related to the hospice diagnosis
  • Bereavement care

Levels of Care

springhill provides the level of care that is most appropriate to meet your individual needs.

1

Routine Home Care

a level of care provided by hospice in any location that a patient considers as home

2

Respite Care

a level of care provided by hospice meant to provide a break for the patient’s caregiver; hospice provides a home patient with a five-day respite stay in a contracted nursing home of their choice for caregiver relief

3

Inpatient Care

a level of care provided by hospice in which a patient is placed in a skilled nursing facility or hospital for pain control or symptom management that cannot be controlled in any other setting

4

Continuous Care

a level of care provided by hospice in which a patient receives around the clock care in the home setting to resolve a pain or symptom crisis

Your Care Team

Our team of physicians, nurses, hospice aides, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers believe in the Golden Rule. We treat others the way we want to be treated. We help take care of your loved one’s needs during the last days of their life.

We have the following care providers on our team:

The patient and the family drive the conversations and plan of care goals for the hospice team. Hospice is meant to empower patients and their families with the knowledge and support necessary to understand and prepare for end-of-life, and patients and families can make this possible by articulating their wishes and fears to the hospice team. Hospice services provide patients and families with the resources necessary to be able to focus on their time together.

Each patient is assigned an RN case manager, who works with the patient’s physician and hospice medical director to coordinate the patient’s plan of care. Each patient is seen a minimum of one time a week by the RN Case Manager, but Springhill Home Health and Hospice is committed to seeing our patients a minimum of two times a week and more often as needed. The RN Case Manager coordinates care with each discipline and supervises the patient’s clinical and personal care to ensure that the patient and family’s needs are met. The RN case manager is also available to serve as a resource to the patient and the family and can offer guidance and support for how to best manage care.

The home health aide assists patients and their families with their personal care needs, such as bathing, and can teach patients and their families techniques to make personal care in the home setting easier to manage. The home health aide can also assist with light housekeeping.

The chaplain is available to provide spiritual support to patients and their families. These services can be combined with the services offered by a patient’s church or spiritual leaders or in lieu of those services if the patient becomes homebound.

The social worker helps the patient and the family identify resources that will fulfill the needs of the patient while supporting their end of life wishes. Examples include assistance with long-term placement, financial aid programs, end-of-life planning, and veteran benefits. 

The bereavement coordinator is available to provide grief support and guidance to patients at the end of life. The bereavement coordinator also provides thirteen+ month bereavement for families after the passing of their loved one.

The hospice medical presides over the interdisciplinary team, which meets regularly to discuss each patient’s plan of care. The medical director is available to the hospice team to assist with needs that might arise between care conferences.

he volunteer coordinator helps patients and families connect to volunteers who can provide companionship and support. These volunteers have often had a personal experience with hospice themselves and have a heart for the people we serve. All patient care volunteers receive initial and annual training, CPR training, and regular background checks.

The patient’s physician or specialist typically writes an order to initiate hospice care, however, the physician does not have to be the one to initiate the hospice conversation. Either the physician or the patient and/or family can initiate the conversation about hospice care. Once the patient elects their hospice benefit, the primary physician or specialist is encouraged to continue to participate in the hospice plan of care.