Hospice addresses the needs and opportunities during this time by including the individual and family, trained volunteers, caregivers and clinical professionals as part of the care-giving team. This interdisciplinary approach to care focuses on the individual’s physical symptoms and the emotional and spiritual concerns of the patient and family. The team works together to develop a plan of care and to provide services that will enhance the quality of life and provide support for the individual and family as a unit of care while respecting their wishes.
Hospice Levels of Care
We provide the level of care that is most appropriate to meet your individual needs.
Routine Home Care
The most common level of care, routine care consists of visits to the patient’s place of residence. This allows the patient to stay in a familiar and comfortable environment while continuing to receive quality care from qualified professionals.
On occasion, a patient’s pain or other symptoms cannot be controlled in their home environment. At such times the patient may require a short stay in a hospital or other inpatient facility to stabilize the patient’s condition.
Continuous care allows for 24 hour/day care by hospice staff in the patient’s home. It is a short-term alternative to inpatient care if acute symptoms can be controlled with increased care but without hospitalization.
Respite CareSometimes family members & caregivers need a break from the stresses associated with taking care of their loved ones. In this case the patient may be placed in a long-term care facility for up to five days in order to give their caregiver(s) a rest.
Oasis Healthcare is a leader in hospice services and pledges to go the extra mile to meet the needs of our patients and their families.
Your Hospice Care Team
Every patient is different and every family has different needs, so we individualize our services, tailoring a personalized care plan for every patient. Oasis is a small company. This allows us to be flexible, always keeping the patient’s quality of life as our primary focus. Our staff makes intermittent visits to the patient based on their specific condition, but we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in case you need us.
Our services are delivered by a team of highly-qualified professionals and volunteers dedicated to the hospice philosophy and the well-being of patients and their families. These team members work closely together, and meet often to discuss the needs of each patient and the best approaches to their care. Team members include:
A physician with specific hospice expertise leads the hospice team. He or she works with the patient’s personal physician to ensure the best care possible. The medical director plays a key role by certifying the patient’s terminal prognosis as part of the enrollment process and overseeing the development of plans of care individualized to each patient.
A registered nurse case manager coordinates the patient’s care. The case manager makes regular visits to attend to the patient’s medical needs, symptom control, and overall well-being. The nurse assesses the current status and needs of the patient and family and makes care recommendations to the team.
Registered Nurses (RNs) provide expert assessment, and coordinate the services included in your plan of care. Nurses support family members in their caregiving role, educating them on what to expect. RNs are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for visits.
Licensed Nurses (LPNs/ LVNs) provide education and support regarding disease process, medications, symptom control, treatments, nutrition, daily activities, and caregiving skills.
Hospice Aides supervised by RNs provide personal care and assist with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and walking, and may assist with light housekeeping.
A licensed medical social worker is available to provide counseling and to assist with financial and community resource needs.
The chaplain coordinates spiritual services provided by hospice, the community, and local religious organizations. The chaplain may provide pastoral care directly or arrange pastoral care through the patient’s own religious community. Pastoral care is provided at the request of the patient/family.
Therapists may include physical, occupational and speech therapists. Therapy may be ordered by your physician to assist you in achieving your personal goals. Massage Therapists, Music Therapists, provide activities to maximize comfort and relaxation, decrease anxiety, and enhance overall quality of life.
Volunteers are a vital part of the hospice team. They can provide a variety of services such as sitting with the patient, helping with household chores, or running errands. Some help within the hospice office doing administrative tasks. All volunteers undergo a selection and training process to ensure that they are prepared to assume their role.