Professional Nursing Care

A case manager hospice nurse is responsible for assessing and managing patient care. In order to foster a trusting relationship and allow for continuity of care, only one case manager nurse is assigned to each patient. Nurses have a unique opportunity to be part of a patient’s remaining days, so they must be compassionate and empathetic.

Physician Services

A patient’s existing or attending physician can continue to direct the clinical care after the patient is on hospice services. However, if the patient or their existing physician wishes, ED & AR Hospice can provide a physician working on their team who will cater explicit and skillful care related to the primary illness.

Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy

ED & AR licensed therapists are specialists in the diagnosis, assessment, evaluation and treatment of psychological and psychophysiological challenges. We work with patients to alleviate intellectual, emotional and physical distress as well as social and behavioral problems.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Support with a medical condition
  • Assistance in making a life transition
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Humanistic and existential therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Stress management
  • Pain reduction interventions.

Spiritual Counseling

Spiritual care is an essential part of hospice and is often offered through the support of a Hospice Chaplain. At ED & AR, our team of Spiritual Care counselors are clinically trained and nationally certified. We are innovative and utilize a focus on addressing overall divine health to provide peace and comfort.

Medications and Dietary Counseling

Patients with advanced illness frequently require intensive medication management of both chronic conditions and symptoms associated with end-stage disease such as pain, dyspnea, nausea, delirium, and depression. Admission to hospice care presents a valuable opportunity to reassess a patient’s medication therapies and determine the treatments that are most likely to be beneficial or least likely to be harmful at the end of life. Hypothetically, hospice represents a transition point when chronic medications least likely to be helpful could be significantly reduced and replaced with effective alternatives.

The registered dietitian plans, organizes and conducts dietetic education for nursing personnel and other personnel. They function as a member of the interdisciplinary group with expertise in nutritional care intended to address the nutritional needs of the patient in accordance of the plan of care.

Home Health and Hospice Aids

When hospice care is provided to patients who reside in a nursing facility, the role of the hospice aide/home health aide is designed to provide direct patient care on an intermittent basis.

Exceeding the expectancy of the facility, they provide continuous, compassionate and professional care while providing the patient with their undivided attention.

Pain Management

Pain management is one of the primary goals of hospice- keeping the patient comfortable and managing symptoms to ensure the quality and expectancy of end of life care has been met. In addition to pain medication, the use of traditional psychological interventions such as biofeedback, hypnosis, relaxation and imagery techniques are used to provide skills that increase the client’s awareness and control of pain.

The hospice care team will evaluate a patient’s pain on every visit using pain rating scales and
the expertise of the clinician.

  • NO ONE SHOULD DIE ALONE
  • NO ONE SHOULD DIE IN PAIN

Medical Equipment

No Waiting for Home Medical Equipment

We have the medical equipment your care plan may call for, which may include:

  • Oxygen and delivery devices
  • Nebulizer
  • CPAP and BiPAP
  • High-flow therapy
  • Hospital bed
  • Pressure-relief mattress
  • Wheelchair and other specialty chairs
  • Trapeze bar and patient lift
  • Walker, cane, tub seat and bedside commode
  • Suction equipment
  • Feeding pump

All ED & AR Hospice patients who have medical equipment delivered to their home get the professional services of a skilled medical service technician. Your technician is an active part of your hospice team and is ready to answer questions, make adjustments and return to your home for service visits, if needed.

Respite Care

Hospice care is usually given in your home, but it also may be covered in a hospice inpatient facility. Depending on your terminal illness and related conditions, the plan of care your hospice team creates can include any or all of these services:

  • Doctor services
  • Nursing care
  • Prescription drugs for symptom control or pain relief
  • Hospice aide and homemaker services
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Speech-language pathology services
  • Social work services
  • Dietary counseling
  • Grief and loss counseling for you and your family
  • Short-term inpatient care (for pain and symptom management)
  • Short term respite care

Pharmacy Delivery

Medication Delivery can be arranged if needed or desired. 24 hours 7 days a week delivery services are available free of charge.

24/7 On Call Nurse

ED & AR HOSPICE CARE provides nursing services 24- hours a day, 7 days a week. An on call nurse is available at any given time of the day to assist with questions and concerns, and most importantly provide medical guidance and perform home visits if needed.