What Is Hospice Care?

Hospice is a highly specialized type of care and medical treatment for individuals who are approaching their final days. When a person’s life expectancy has been limited by an illness like cancer or heart disease, hospice is an available service that can give families peace of mind. The goal of hospice care is to ease the patient’s pain and elevate their comfort level in a nurturing environment. This comprehensive approach also offers emotional support for the patient and their family through the end-of-life process. Combined with palliative care, which tends to the person’s physical and spiritual needs, hospice care at Avon Health Center helps to improve your loved one’s overall quality of life.

Our Approach to Hospice

Our hospice care specializes in pain management, while providing a sense of dignity for all of our patients. We believe that a patient’s final days, no matter how limited, should be of the best possible quality. Our philosophy at Avon Health Center embraces this belief for both patients and their family members. We work in collaboration with several area hospice providers trained in spiritual and emotional support to offer truly comprehensive care.

Our Nursing & Social Work Staff

The hospice-employed physicians and nurse practitioners (NPs) provide the following hospice services for those with terminal illnesses and related conditions:

  • Nursing care
  • Medical equipment and supplies, including drugs for symptom control and pain relief
  • Hospice aide and homemaker services
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Speech-language pathology services
  • Social worker services
  • Dietary counseling
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Grief and loss counseling for the individual and his or her family
  • Short-term inpatient care for pain control, symptom management and respite care

It is difficult to lose a loved one, but the process can be made easier with the help of hospice care services at Avon Health Center.