Peace Health Hospice Southwest Washington...(excerpts) 360-696-5100 for more information.
What is hospice? Hospice is comfort care at the end of life. Hospice care is provided when a doctor says that a patient has six months or less to live. In addition, the patient has to be ineligible for or no longer receiving curative or aggressive treatment.
With hospice philosophy the focus changes from curing illness to managing symptoms, with a primary goal of comfort. Hospice is holistic care, addressing all aspects of a patient's needs: physical, emotional and spiritual.
Hospice also provides support to family members caring for their loved one...before, during and after the dying process. Our hospice team may include: Registered Nurse (1-3 visits a week); Hospice Aides to help with bathing (2 visits a week); Medical Social Workers to provide emotional support and assist with accessing community resources; Chaplain services if desired; Specially trained Hospice Volunteers.
Home Hospice Care takes place wherever a patient lives: in a private home, in an adult foster home, assisted living facility or nursing facility.
Our inpatient facility, the Ray Hickey House, is an option for patients with acute or respite care needs.
Hospice Volunteers receive training and ongoing support. Veterans are especially welcome to volunteer. (end of excerpt from Hospice SW).
The National Right to Life Committee's Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics provides helpful information about "advanced directives"....