Encompass Hospice Services
Our compassionate end-of-life care is provided in-home as well as in residential and hospice facilities. It focuses on the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the individual and family.
We emphasize dignity and peace, controlling pain and other symptoms so the patient can remain as alert and comfortable as possible. Our medical social workers help the family understand and cope with loss; we can also call upon non-denominational chaplains to provide additional spiritual support and grief counseling.
Encompass is known for our distinctive leadership in hospice care. It begins with our Medical Director, whose experience in hospice and palliative care enables him to serve as a reliable resource to our patients’ physicians. By visiting every hospice patient where they reside, he can help guide our hospice nurses to provide exceptional care when there is no cure.
Our hospice nurses have successfully completed our rigorous, six-month preceptor course that prepares them to provide quality care while also helping manage the complex journey of a life-limiting illness. In addition, our nurse directors have earned national certification in this field.
Nursing services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition to scheduled visits, we provide support on an emergency basis.
Hospice care requires a physician’s orders. Services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance.
Other features Encompass Hospice Services Include:
- Assists the patient with the emotional and psychological aspects of dying
- Delivers special services like dietary, speech and physical therapy
- Makes short-term inpatient care available when pain or symptoms become too difficult to manage at home, or if the caregiver needs respite
- Manages the patient’s pain and symptoms
- Offers volunteers for companionship and support
- Provides equipment such as a hospital bed, wheelchair, walker and oxygen
- Provides medications related to the illness for symptom control and pain relief
- Provides spiritual care
- Teaches families about how to care for the patient
- Home infusion services
- Home X-ray services
- Non-emergency transportation
- Provides bereavement care and counseling to surviving family.
- Specialized care for advanced wounds