Hospice Care overview
Hospice is a special kind of care that embraces a person living with advanced illness. The goal of this care is comfort, dignity and quality of life as desired by each patient and family.
- Supports a person’s choice to receive care in the comfort of home surrounded by family and friends.
- Addresses all symptoms of disease, with special emphasis on controlling pain and discomfort.
- Responds to the emotional, social andspiritual impact of illness on patient,family and friends.
- Allows life to take its natural course and does not hasten death. In fact, research has shown that hospice care may actually prolong life in some cases.*
- Offers bereavement counseling services to families before and after a loved one’s death.
Compassion in Action for Patient and Family
Coping with an advanced illness can be an overwhelming experience. There are many issues to understand, tough decisions to make and anxieties to confront. Recognizing that an advanced illness affects everyone who cares for and about a patient, hospice provides expert medical care and pain management for the patient as well as emotional and spiritual support for the entire family.
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A Caring Team that Makes House Calls
Samaritan offers a team approach that focuses on the needs and wishes of each patient and caregiver. In most cases, we provide care where our patient lives – whether that is a private home or apartment, assisted living residence or nursing home. Home-centered care allows families or caregivers to have more involvement in a loved one's care, more opportunities to make decisions, and greater time to spend together in comfortable surroundings.
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Anyone can make a referral for Samaritan care. In fact, some patients refer themselves. We contact the patient's physician to ensure that hospice care is the best choice at this stage of illness. Once the patient and family agree to consider our care, a Samaritan representative schedules a meeting to determine the patient's and family's needs and wishes and to explain the services we can provide to meet them.
The initial visit can take place at the patient's home, in the hospital, assisted living facility, long-term care facility, or wherever is most convenient for the patient and family.To complete the hospice admission process, the patient and/or family member will sign various consent forms required by Medicare or Medicaid, insurance or accrediting organizations. Samaritan admissions take place within 24 hours of the referral, unless a family requests otherwise, so that help and comfort can begin as soon as possible.
To refer yourself or a patient to Samaritan, call 1-800-229-8183 or use our online referral form>>.