What is Hospice Care?
You may have heard about hospice care in the past, but many people aren’t aware of what hospice care means. There are many misconceptions about hospice care and the hospice benefit. The initial hospice benefit period is six-months, and provides help for the patient and many of those around them. This is your guide to understanding the hospice benefits and a description of hospice care services.
Whether we are caring for your loved one in your family’s home, in a residence of your choice, or as an inpatient in a caregiving facility, the skilled and compassionate professionals of Trustbridge are here for you, 24 hours a day.
Our physicians and nurses are specialists in providing comfort, relieving the pain, symptoms, stress and discomfort of serious illness. We also take the time to keep you informed of your loved one’s condition.
Routine hospice care
Routine home care includes scheduled visits from a registered nurse (RN) for medical care and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) for personal care assistance. If your care plan includes other types of services, such as spiritual care or music therapy, additional appointments will be scheduled.
Adjusting to change
As your loved one’s health declines and his or her care needs change, we will be here for you: helping you understand what is happening, answering all of your questions and guiding you through decisions that need to be made related to medical care, equipment and medication.
If symptoms become unstable and cannot be managed at home, we will bring your loved one to one of our inpatient care centers for short-term acute care.
Your loved one can also be treated for acute care at home if symptoms can be stabilized. Nurses will be assigned to care for him or her in the home as needed during these crises.
24-Hour Caregiver Support
Caring for a very ill loved one may be the most challenging experience of your life. It can also be the most meaningful and personally rewarding. Your time, loving compassion and very presence are gifts beyond measure to your loved one. It is your devotion and love that make all of our care effective. Your “heart” combined with our “art” is a powerful combination.
Help with Caregiving Tasks
We can lift an enormous number of caregiving challenges off your shoulders so you can enjoy life’s moments as a family, such as: providing equipment to help a bedridden patient get into a wheelchair, offering assistance with bathing, and delivering medications, equipment and supplies.
Caregiver Education & Training
We will provide hands-on training and 24-hour support so you can meet your loved one’s changing needs. We will educate you so you will understand what is happening and know what to anticipate.
If you feel sad, tired or overwhelmed with your caregiving responsibilities, you can count on our staff for counseling, respite support or advice.
During times when you need additional support or relief from caregiving duties, we can arrange a short stay for your loved one in a local care facility.
Medications, Equipment & Supplies
Trustbridge has its own pharmacy and medical equipment divisions so we can respond to any needs that arise. We deliver everything related to the hospice diagnosis directly to the bedside.
Your loved one may need medical equipment to be comfortable, remain mobile and retain a sense of independence, such as a wheelchair, a hospital bed or a lift to help a bedridden patient get into a wheelchair. We will train you to use the equipment that helps him or her live life to the fullest and eases your caregiving efforts.
Ours was the first hospice program in Florida to have its own pharmacy, because we believe that medication expertise is vital to symptom management. We provide all medications that are related to the hospice diagnosis.
Personal care supplies
We also provide products that may be needed for daily living, such as bathing, skin-care or incontinence supplies. Our compassionate certified nursing assistants provide assistance with personal care.