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HOSPICE CARE

If your physician estimates that you or a loved one has about six months left to live if the illness runs its natural course – and the patient agrees to focus on comfort care instead of continuing treatments to cure the disease – the time is right to contact Arbor Hospice.

Many families tell us they wish they had contacted Arbor Hospice sooner. Don’t wait to begin receiving all the support available to improve the comfort and quality of life for your loved one and your entire family.

You can refer yourself or a loved one to Arbor Hospice by calling 888-992-2273, any time of day or night. Or, you can ask the patient’s physician to make a referral to Arbor Hospice.

Advantages of Choosing Arbor Hospice

Paying special attention to enhancing quality of life, Arbor Hospice works with patients and their families to create a custom-tailored plan of care that meets their needs and goals.

By focusing on comfort —  whether it be physical, emotion or spiritual — you, your loved one and your entire family can benefit from the comprehensive range of services available from the experts at Arbor Hospice, including:

  • Managing the patient’s pain and other symptoms
  • Providing the medications, medical equipment and supplies associated with the terminal illness, delivered right to the patient’s home
  • Empowering the patient to live as they wish and fulfill personal goals
  • Supporting the patient and family through the emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects of dying
  • Providing family caregivers the skills training needed to become confident and capable caregivers.
  • Delivering special services like integrative therapies, if needed (integrative therapies may not be available in all communities)
  • Coordinating respite care when the family needs time to recharge

The Expert Team of Arbor Hospice includes:

  • Physicians Board-Certified in hospice and palliative medicine collaborate with the patient’s physician to manage care. This advanced training in pain management and symptom control allows Arbor Hospice physicians to prioritize reducing suffering and maximizing quality of life.
  • Advance Care Practice Nurses – Skilled and credentialed nurse practitioners and nurse navigators work closely with physicians to support hospice and palliative care patients.
  • Registered Nurses.Specially trained hospice nurses are on-call 24/7. They visit as often as needed to monitor a patient’s condition and provide comfort care. They provide day-to-day care, assessing the physical condition and comfort of the patient. They help manage symptoms and pain.
  • Social Workers assess patients’ and families’ emotional, social, spiritual, and financial needs and arrange essential resources for the family. They provide counseling, educational, and emotional support to patients and their families during this challenging time. Social workers also assist with specific end-of-life issues, such as saying goodbye, life review and validating the importance of each patient’s life.
  • Spiritual Care Advisors provide support, counseling and services for patients and families of all faiths to help them connect with their beliefs as physical, emotional, and spiritual needs arise. This may mean working through questions that often come up during and after a loss, such as “Why me?” “Why must my loved one suffer?” and “What can I leave behind as a testament to my life?” Arbor Hospice has great respect for the wide range of religious backgrounds and cultural traditions of patients and families and works closely with clergy to assure that spiritual needs are met.
  • Hospice Aides offer much-needed relief for families and caregivers by helping with the patient’s personal care and everyday activities.
  • Grief and Bereavement Support Service Managers help the family members of all ages throughout care to better understand and manage the grieving process. Grief support is available up to 13-months following a patient’s death.
  • Trained Volunteers give their time generously to provide quality of life support to patients and their loved ones. Volunteers assist in a multitude of ways, including companionship, respite care, running errands and grief support to patients and families, as needed.
  • Hospice care includes prescription and over-the-counter medications, medical equipment and supplies associated with the terminal illness, delivered right to the patient’s home.

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