People nearing the end of life, whether in the end stage of a disease or in a general decline from aging, can receive care in the comfort of their homes through Greenwich Hospital’s Home Hospice program. Comprehensive, holistic treatment is based on a personalized plan that changes with the evolving needs of each patient and family.
The patient’s physician guides the home hospice team in providing care, which includes physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, home health aides, pastoral and bereavement counselors and volunteers. All hospice nurses are trained in pain control and symptom management.
“Our goal is to maximize a patient’s comfort as their disease progresses, while also providing emotional and spiritual support to both patients and their families,” said Sue Root, LCSW. Bereavement support is provided to caregivers for 13 months following the loss of a loved one.
Bereavement groups are offered four times a year, free of charge, and open to the community.
A referral for home hospice can be made by physicians, family members or community caregivers. Home hospice is provided wherever a patient resides, whether at home, a nursing home, assisted living facility or hospice residence.
Greenwich Hospital is committed to providing home hospice care to all those in need, regardless of their ability to pay.
“Most patients are very appreciative of the compassionate care they receive from our staff, and are happy to be able remain in their homes,” said Root. “Family members often feel very overwhelmed, and do not know what to expect as their loved ones’ health declines. We help them feel comfortable in supporting their loved ones during their final days.”
Memorial donations from the Tree of Light Celebration benefit the Home Hospice program. The nondenominational community tree-lighting ceremony takes place December 4.
Greenwich Hospital’s Home Hospice program is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Connecticut Association for Home Care and Hospice. For questions about Greenwich Hospital Home Hospice call 203-863-3883.