Compassionate Hospice Care
Hospice care is about hope — the hope that every chapter of life, even its final stages, can be lived well. It’s also about empowerment — empowering patients and their loved ones with choices and a sense of control with each day and every decision.
Chapters Health System provides a continuum of hospice care through our well-respected, not-for-profit hospice organizations:
- Good Shepherd Hospice licensed since 1984 to serve in Polk, Highlands and Hardee, counties.
- HPH Hospice licensed since 1983 to serve residents in Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.
- LifePath Hospice licensed since 1983 to serve residents in Hillsborough County.
Hospice Care in the Comfort of Home
Hospice care focuses on pain control and symptom management, allowing individuals facing life-limiting illnesses to die as they lived their lives — in comfort, at peace and in control of their care and surroundings.
Hospice care is primarily provided in the home — whether “home” is a person’s house or a long-term care facility, a nursing home or an assisted living facility. Why? At home, patients are surrounded by the loving support of their family and friends.
Continuum of Care as Illness Advances
Chapters Health offers a full continuum of hospice care to support patients in whatever stage of illness they face. Our integrated team coordinates ongoing care that encompasses physical, spiritual, social and emotional needs, continually responding as the illness progresses and a higher level of care is needed.
Basic Hospice Services
Basic hospice care services are provided at the patient’s home and are available around the clock. These services are delivered by our experts in pain management and symptom control. Our comprehensive team of physicians, nurses, social services specialists, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, respiratory therapists, durable medical equipment technicians, hospice aides, chaplains, grief specialists and trained volunteers coordinate efforts to treat the entire person, not just the disease. Hospice-related medications, medical equipment and supplies are delivered right to the door.
Continuous care is provided when a patient needs more constant care. With a goal to provide symptom management at the patient’s residence rather than transferring him/her to a hospital, we provide short-term, periodic and supplemental support in the home, nursing home or assisted living facility. Continuous care is available in short periods of time varying in length up to 24 hours a day.
Respite care helps caregivers deal with the many demands they shoulder during this trying time. Respite care is available for up to five days and is usually provided in the nursing care setting.
Inpatient care is provided during a medical crisis to control or manage symptoms that cannot be managed as effectively at home. The patient may be admitted to a Chapters Health hospice house (click here for more information about Good Shepherd Hospice houses, here for HPH Hospice and here for LifePath Hospice). Although inpatient care takes place outside the patient’s primary residence, our team continues to coordinate care.
Easing the Family’s Burden
As the family journeys with their loved one through advancing illness, they too need support. With in-depth patient care education and training, we provide guidance, along with emotional support to help family members succeed in the caregiver role.
Our social services specialists also lend a helping hand, offering guidance to both the patient and family in dealing with the emotional burdens of an end-of-life illness. Our chaplains provide spiritual care, serving patients of all faiths, respecting individual beliefs, traditions and wishes. And, our certified hospice aides assist with daily tasks such as bathing, light cooking and assistance with household chores.
Because healing can take time, our family support continues after the patient’s death, for up to one year following the patient’s death. Through our grief services, we guide families through the grieving process from understanding to acceptance and on through healing.
Our hospice care team is always just a phone call away — 24 hours a day, seven days a week. HospiceHelp24® offers after-hours telephone assistance to address all types of questions and concerns and schedules after-hours urgent-care visits.
After-hours staff includes physicians/nurse practitioners, nurses, chaplains, social workers, pharmacists and equipment technicians. As HospiceHelp24 is not an answering service, you will always speak with a trained hospice staff member.
No one is Turned Away
Chapters Health hospice services are based on medical need and are provided regardless of ability to pay, age, race, creed, sex, lifestyle or illness.
You are not alone – we are here to help. For additional information, please call our helpful Chapters Health team at 1.866.204.8611 or send an email to i[email protected].