Agape Hospice Care is the only family and nurse owned hospice in the State of Georgia. We provide three distinct levels of hospice care that are based on a patient’s needs. Patients and their caregivers can have peace of mind, knowing that their needs will be met with the appropriate level of hospice care.
Hospice care evolved in the United States with the intention to provide comprehensive services to patients who, if their illness progresses as expected, have a limited life expectancy. While patients are individuals, not statistics, it is optimal to provide care in the patients home as early as possible. This allows us to get to know the patient and caregivers so we can best provide for their comfort. This care is usually the patients own residence, whether the patient is living in their own home, in a family members home, or in a nursing care facility.
There are times, however, that patients require more care than is possible to deliver with the usual scope of services provided by hospice.
Below is a description of the three levels of care.
HOME CARE is the basic level of care under the hospice benefit. If a patient resides in a nursing home, it can also be called routine nursing home care. It includes:
Nursing services – A nurse usually visits 1-3 times per week based on patients needs. Can be more often if needed.
Physician participation – attending physician, following physician, hospice physician, and specialists as necessary
Medical social services – Provides emotional support, along with industry experts in financial and community resources.
Home health aide services – A home health aide usually visits 2-3 times per week based on patients needs.
Counseling services – pastoral, spiritual, bereavement, dietary, and others as necessary.
Volunteer services – Volunteers are each unique in their individual talent and reasons for giving their free time to volunteer. Many of them have has this support themselves and understand how beneficial this benefit can be.
24-HOUR CONTINUOUS CARE
If a patient develops physical or emotional symptoms that aren’t easily managed with routine care, continuous care may be an option. Continuous care provides more intense care in the patient’s home environment. All services under home care are provided along with a LPN who provides care for the patient around-the clock, with daily oversight by a registered nurse. The usual length of stay may range from 8 up to 24 hours per day to administer medications, treatments, and support until the a patient’s symptoms are under control.
Some examples of symptoms requiring continuous care would be unrelieved pain, severe nausea and vomiting, severe shortness of breath, anxiety or a breakdown in the primary caregiver support system. Continuous care is considered a temporary short-term level of care and is reevaluated every 24 hours.