Hospice

Community Hospice House

Bon Secours Hospice is about compassionate care. This ideal has guided us during almost 30 years of helping thousands of patients and their families. Our experience with end-of-life care has shown us that honesty and heartfelt kindness are as important as sound medical care.

At Bon Secours, hospice is not tied to a place. We serve people in many sites – their homes, hospitals and assisted-living or nursing facilities. We build close relationships based on trust, respect and an appreciation for each individual’s inherent dignity. Hospice care is comprehensive, embracing physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Our team includes physicians, nurses, nurse assistants, social workers, chaplains and volunteers.

Bon Secours Hospice is about people – patients and families – and doing all we can to provide them with comfort, strength and support when it is needed most.

Bon Secours Mission

The mission of Bon Secours is to provide compassionate, quality healthcare services to those in need, including the poor and dying, for the purpose of alleviating human suffering and bringing people to wholeness in the midst of pain and loss.

Recognizing the dignity of all persons, we provide compassionate healthcare services contributing to the physical, social, emotional and spiritual well-being of those we serve.

About Hospice

Hospice care is divided into three levels:

Routine

Patients receive routine care at home. That means that care can occur at a private dwelling or at adult homes, group homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Hospice care team members visit patients wherever they live to provide information, hands-on assistance and comfort. They also train and advise primary caregivers on the best ways to help their loved ones.

Respite

Respite care gives primary caregivers a break from their daily tasks. Respite care is delivered in a hospital where patients can stay for up to five days. Both the facility’s staff and our hospice team will ensure that patients receive the correct attention and medical treatment.

General Inpatient

Patients enter a hospital when they cannot be cared for properly in other settings. They stay on a short-term basis, leaving only after their symptoms are under control. In a medical facility, the hospital staff and hospice team are actively engaged in aiding the patient. General inpatient care for hospice patients is monitored closely by Medicare, Medicaid and other insurance providers to minimize hospital stays. The hospice team decides when to discharge a patient based on his/her symptoms and how they are managed.

 

Hospice is a well-established approach to end-of-life care. At Bon Secours, we believe this hospice can provide emotional support and practical assistance at a time when patients and their families need both the most.

Hospice has many aspects. Some of the most important ones are:

  • Hospice is a philosophy of care. Our goal at Bon Secours is to help patients with life-limiting conditions and their families. We believe in attentive, compassionate care that comforts the people we serve and respects their dignity.
  • Hospice is a continuation of care. Too often, hospice is misunderstood and seen as the end of all medical treatment and an abandonment of the patient. That’s not true. In fact, hospice provides care that allows individuals to have control at end of life, to be as comfortable as possible and to be treated with dignity. Hospice does not hasten the end of life. However, it does ensure that patients receive the attention they deserve and the medical support they need as they approach the end of life.
  • Hospice can be appropriate for patients with a variety of conditions, including cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  • Family members are actively involved in hospice care, planning and decision making.
  • Hospice care can occur in many places, including the patient’s home as well as hospitals and nursing and assisted living facilities.
  • Hospice involves a team of professionals, including doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, religious advisors and volunteers. Typically, patients continue to work with their physicians whom they’ve come to know and trust.
  • Funding for hospice care may come from Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and individuals. The Medicare Hospice Benefit pays for many services related to a life-limiting illness. Covered are medical supplies, equipment, respite care, prescriptions and services provide by nurses, doctors and nursing assistants.

Deciding on whether or not to enter a hospice is something nobody has to do alone. Bon Secours Hospice staff has years of experience assisting patients and their families, and can help you and your loved ones make a decision that works best your special circumstances.

Many factors will affect this decision. So, a thorough assessment of the medical issues and the wishes of patients and their families are vital. The situation also calls for honesty, compassion and good communications between everyone involved. Everybody also must keep in mind that the patient’s needs are not just physical but also are emotional and spiritual.

Often, it’s good to begin the decision-making process by discussing the patient’s condition and the appropriateness of hospice care with the patient’s doctor. The Bon Secours Hospice staff can assist with this, if you desire. In fact, our team can help at any time during the process.

It’s important to remember that every patient is unique. Therefore, choosing to enter hospice cannot be done by referring to a formula or checklist. However, a few general guidelines can help. Foremost among them is the fact that the patient’s physician must believe that hospice care is appropriate.

Other factors that suggest hospice is the right course include if the patient:

  • Has a life-limiting illness
  • Requires daily pain medication
  • Has recurrent hospitalizations
  • Has experienced serious weight loss
  • Has difficulty completing daily tasks
  • Is no longer seeking curative treatments
  • Wants the benefits of hospice care.