Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Delivering Health Care - Part 1
Lecture:Long-term Care Facilities
Slide content:Hospice Care Intended for patients with a terminal illness Focus is palliative, or comfort care Care is provided at home, dedicated hospice facility, hospital, assisted living facility, or nursing home Services available depend on type of program Home care workers should be licensed/bonded Contact with family is an important focus 20
Slide notes:Hospice are is intended for patients with a terminal illness, meaning an illness that is expected to be fatal within about six months. The focus of hospice care is palliation, which means providing comfort care and pain relief rather than treatments to prolong life. Palliative care is provided at home or in a dedicated hospice facility, hospital, assisted living facility, or skilled nursing facility. The hospice services that are available depend on the type of program. Besides care from physicians and nurses, the program may include other health care providers, such as physical therapists; use of medical equipment; psychological, spiritual, and grief counseling; social services; help with activities of daily living and household tasks; and respite care. Hospice workers that come into a home should be licensed and bonded, although sometimes volunteers assist with hospice care. An important priority is that the patient should have continued access to family and other loved ones. 20