What Is Hospice Care?

An arrangement of flowersWhen a loved one receives a terminal diagnosis, it can be devastating for the whole family. Hospice care is a service that provides comprehensive care and medical treatment for patients with a life-limiting illness who are living their final days. When your life expectancy is suddenly shortened due to sickness, hospice care is available to provide comfort and ease of pain in a nurturing environment. Emotional support is also offered to the patient and family.

Hospice and Palliative Care

Hospice care is often combined with palliative care, which focuses on the patient’s physical and spiritual needs as end-of-life arrives. During this difficult time, it is critical for you and your family to have reassurance that your loved one will be at peace. At West Hartford Health & Rehabilitation Center, our comprehensive approach encompasses pain management and spiritual support to facilitate a smooth transition for the patient and family.

Our Approach to Hospice

It is our mission to improve the overall quality of life for our hospice patients. To accomplish this, we make sure that all of our patients feel dignified and comfortable during their last days. Our approach to hospice care is all-inclusive, specializing in both pain management and emotional support. The end-of-life process can be stressful for patients, as well as their families and friends. The medical and nursing staff at West Hartford Health & Rehabilitation Center collaborates with local hospice providers who are trained to facilitate spiritual and emotional needs.

Our Nursing and Social Work Staff

The hospice-employed physicians and nurses have extensive experience with pain management and emotional support. We offer the following services to hospice patients:

  • Nursing care
  • Medical equipment and supplies, including drugs for symptom control and pain relief
  • Short-term inpatient care for pain control, symptom management and respite care
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Speech-language pathology services
  • Hospice aide and homemaker services
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Grief and loss counseling for the individual and his or her family
  • Social worker services
  • Dietary counseling

At West Hartford Health & Rehabilitation Center, we understand how difficult it can be to lose a loved one. However, highly specialized hospice care services can help ease the physical and emotional pain of the end-of-life process.