St. Rita’s Hospice Care is specifically designed for any person with a terminal illness who chooses to stop trying to cure the disease. Patients must be under the care of a licensed physician and usually have a prognosis of six months or less to live.
Hospice understands and helps patients and families live each precious day to the fullest. We provide medical care to manage the pain and discomfort caused by the illness. We act as a patient advocate, educating and guiding the patient and family through the dying and grief process.
What are the characteristics of hospice care?
- Hospice care is provided anywhere a person calls “home,” such as a nursing facility or assisted living
- Doctor-directed team that addresses the patient’s medical, emotional and social needs
- Focus on providing relief from symptoms and reducing pain as much as possible
- 24-hour support
- Bereavement support for families
Who is on the hospice team?
- Doctors, including the patient’s primary doctor
- Registered nurses care for the patient’s symptoms and reduce pain under the direction of the patient’s doctor
- Home health aides provide personal hand-on care and assistance with activities of daily living, which may include feeding and bathing
- Hospice volunteers
- Medical social workers tend to the social needs of the patient and their family; also assists with legal and financial resources
- Physical, occupational and speech therapists
- Chaplains/clergy provide spiritual support and comfort. We always honor patient’s spiritual beliefs. The hospice chaplain is available if requested