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What is Hospice Care?

Hospice Care is an affirmation of life that focuses on comfort, pain-free care when a loved one is faced with a terminal illness.

Compassionate Hospice Care Services in Pennsylvania

Transitioning to hospice care is difficult for patients and their families. However, Grane Hospice Care is here to make everyone involved as comfortable as possible during this trying time. We offer premier hospice care services across Pennsylvania, allowing your loved one to live their remaining days in comfort and dignity. No matter what level of care they need, our experienced staff can accommodate.

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice Care is an affirmation of life that focuses on comfort, pain-free care when a loved one is faced with a terminal illness. We concentrate on keeping the patient and family comfortable with a team-oriented approach that includes professional medical, social, emotional and spiritual support during this difficult time. Grane Hospice Care provides comfort for the body, mind and soul through unique, individualized professional care plans that allow you to live comfortably, in your home or nursing community, surrounded by your loved ones.

Hospice care is designed to help terminally ill patients reach the end of their life in comfort and dignity. Hospice care might involve a separate living facility, but Grane Hospice Care makes it possible for your loved one to live at home. Besides simply taking care of the patient’s physical needs around the clock, hospice care emphasizes emotional and social wellbeing as well. Hospice care involves the expertise of many different people, including the patient’s Primary Care Physician, nurses, social workers, therapists, spiritual advisors, and volunteers. The sudden loss of a loved one comes with immeasurable grief but choosing hospice care means you and your family will have time to come to terms with their passing. All in all, hospice care encompasses a wide range of services necessary to make your loved one’s final days as comfortable as possible.

Hospice Indicators can include, but are not limited to:

  • Weight Loss
  • Increased assistance with daily activities
  • Increased weakness and fatigue
  • Multiple falls
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Shortness of breath or chest pain
  • Continuous oxygen
  • Increase/changes in medication
  • Recurring or multiple infections
  • Frequent phone calls to physician
  • Frequent hospitalizations or ER visits

Physician Services to Address All Wants and Needs

At Grane Hospice Care, we provide the physician services you’d expect of hospice and go above and beyond to offer premier care. The patient’s Primary Care Physician remains the director for their care, and our staff works to keep them informed of the patient’s condition, wants, and needs. Working in conjunction with our Medical Director, our team provides any necessary education and home visits.

Taking Care of Pain and Symptom Management

Nursing care plans for pain and medication coordination are essential aspects of hospice care. We work with your loved one to understand their needs, and then we create a strategy for pain and symptom management throughout their time with us. Our nurses will administer the necessary medications and care during their home visits to keep your loved one as comfortable as possible.

Personalized Care for Your Loved One's Comfort

Few things are more dehumanizing than being treated like just another number. At Grane Hospice Care, we create individualized care plans that treat your loved one like the unique human being they are. Our nurses and nurse aides add a personal touch to their daily care plans, so you can rest assured your loved one is in good hands.

Unlimited Bereavement Support for Families

It’s an understatement to say dealing with the sudden death of a loved one is difficult. That’s why Grane Hospice Care is committed to providing unlimited bereavement services to families. You’ll meet with a qualified bereavement coordinator, and their support will begin from the moment your loved one is admitted to our hospice care. If you prefer a group approach, feel free to attend our community support groups held in several locations across Pennsylvania.

Assisting with More than Just Physical Needs

Nearly as important as physical needs are social and spiritual support. Our Medical Social Workers can work with you to take care of the paperwork associated with insurance and admission to hospice care. Should your loved one have a religious affiliation, our Pastoral Care team is happy to assist with their spiritual needs. At the end of life, this team can also help you with funeral arrangements and memorial services.

Volunteers to Keep Your Loved One Company

The team at Grane Hospice Care is happy to send one of our volunteers to keep your loved one company. Our volunteers are compassionate, friendly people who want to help improve your loved one’s quality of life. They might go for walks, read to patients, bring gifts, or simply provide conversation. Our volunteers are also here to offer you and your family support through your grief.

Removing Medication and Supplies from Your To-Do List

The cost of medication can put an undue burden on a patient’s family. Luckily, Grane Hospice Care is here to take care of the costs associated with medication, medical equipment, and other supplies related to the patient’s terminal diagnosis. We’re well-equipped to coordinate with insurance companies to ensure all medical supplies are readily available.

Why Is Hospice Care Important?

Hospice and nursing care plans for pain are crucial for several reasons. Grane Hospice Care is dedicated to improving the quality of a patient’s life, all the way to the end. We take care of all the difficult organization work and equipment ordering, so you don’t have to bear that burden. Should you need a well-earned break from your role as a caregiver, we can also provide respite care. Hospice care allows people to stay in the comfort of their own home, rather than in a hospital. Moreover, bereavement services mean you aren’t left to grieve on your own after your loved one passes.

How Much Does Hospice Care Cost?

Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance so that you won’t feel the extra financial burden. If your loved one is on private insurance, our staff will run an insurance verification and review the specifics of their plan.

Does Hospice Care Take Over from Their Living Facility?

If your loved one is currently living in a nursing home or assisted living facility, Grane Hospice Care will make every effort to work alongside their facility. Their current residence will continue to take care of your loved one, as they did before. As you begin hospice care with us, we’ll provide another aspect of their support system by offering more specialized attention to your loved one.

Who Makes Decisions About Treatment and Medication?

Although you’ll have extra support from hospice care, you’ll remain the final decision maker. However, choosing hospice care means you won’t need to make difficult decisions on your own. One of our nurses will work with you to establish a plan of care in conjunction with your loved one’s Primary Care Physician, their living facility, and our Medical Director.

Is Hospice Care Available 24/7?

Grane Hospice Care is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with an on-call team ready to respond to your loved one’s needs around the clock. As your loved one nears the end of their life, our visits can increase in frequency. Be aware that hospice care is considered supplemental, and you’ll still be your loved one’s primary caregiver. In addition to continuous availability, we’ll also provide everything you need from medical equipment to bereavement services.

A Doctor Recommended Hospice. Is My Loved One is Dying?

In short, hospice care is recommended for people who are suffering from a life-limiting terminal illness. An illness will manifest itself differently in every patient, and you may not even perceive your loved one to be dying. During your time with Grane Hospice Care, we look for changes and signs that your loved one is entering the last six months of their life. However, disease progression varies from person to person, and there’s no way to be sure.

What Sets Grane Hospice Care Apart?

Pennsylvania has many options for hospice care, but Grane Hospice strives to be at the top of the competition. We’re dedicated to providing excellent care and a knowledgeable staff, so you can have peace of mind knowing that your loved one is safe. Our team is sympathetic to the plight of our patients and acts with the utmost compassion for their situation. Plus, we’re committed to adhering to a quick response time and keeping up exceptional communication with our patients’ families.

Contact Our Compassionate Staff

If you’re looking for a high level of hospice care, there’s no better team to call than Grane Hospice Care. Our staff is available 24/7 to meet the needs of your loved one, and we make ourselves available to you and your family as your loved one nears the end of their life. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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