2. What your residents can expect from the hospice program:. Hospice neither hastens death or prolongs life.Your resident\'s comfort is of utmost importance. Hospice will focus on pain and symptom management in an attempt to maintain comfort. Your resident will be given quality care and services by
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Coordination of hospice care with facility staff.
Communication with your medical director, your resident’s attending physician and any other physician involved in the care of the resident.
Ongoing documentation of all hospice service.
Pain and symptom management are treated with very specific interventions in hospice care. These include: medication and non medication methods such as massage, pet therapy, music therapy, and healing touch.
We make every effort to treat the whole person and consider spiritual, emotional and psychosocial interventions to help control symptoms.
Non-pharmacologic interventions such as massage, healing touch, music, pet therapy and guided imagery may be used to help maintain pain control.
Color of the skin may change. This is because normal circulation is decreasing and being reserved for the body’s vital organs.
Sleeping: Your resident may spend an increasing amount of time sleeping and appear to be non-communicative and unresponsive. Speak to them as you normally would, even though there may be no response.Signs and Symptoms of Impending Death:
Change in breathing pattern: Breathing may change pace which alternates with periods of no breathing.
Decreased socialization: Your resident may only want to be with a very few or even just one person.
Withdraw: Your resident may seem unresponsive, withdrawn or in a comatose state. He/she is beginning to “let go”. Continue to speak to him/her as they can still hear you.
Restlessness: Your resident may perform repetitive & restless tasks like picking at his/her clothes or linens. This is due to decreased oxygen in the brain.
Care Initiatives Hospice, Hospice of Central Iowa, Iowa Health Hospice, Iowa Hospice, Mercy Hospice and Wesley Community Hospice