How Hospice Partners with Hospitals
Hospitals and hospice providers work together to ensure that patients receive the right level of care at the right time. When patients are in the hospital and nearing the end of their life, hospital staff may refer them to a hospice provider for end-of-life care.
Hospice providers work with hospitals to provide ongoing support to terminally-ill patients and their families after they leave the hospital. For example, if a patient is discharged from the hospital and referred to hospice care, the hospice provider can work with hospital staff to ensure a smooth transition of care. This may include providing equipment, medication, and other necessary items to ensure that the patient is comfortable and well-cared for at home.
How Hospice Care Partners with Hospitals
When it comes to partnering with hospitals, hospice care providers can offer a range of services and support to patients and their families. Here are some of the ways that hospice care can partner with hospitals:
When a patient is admitted to a hospital, hospice care providers can work with hospital staff to ensure that the patient receives the best possible care. This may involve coordinating with hospital staff to manage pain, providing emotional and spiritual support to the patient and their family, and helping with discharge planning.
Hospice care providers can offer support to families who are caring for a loved one in the hospital. This may involve offering emotional support, providing education about the patient's condition and prognosis, and helping with discharge planning.
When a patient is ready to be discharged from the hospital, hospice care providers can help with the transition from hospital to home. They can coordinate with hospital staff to ensure that the patient has the necessary equipment and medication ordered for their home to ensure a smooth transition home.
Continuing Care at Home
Once the patient is home, hospice care providers can continue to provide care and support to the patient and their family. This may involve managing pain, providing emotional and spiritual support, and helping with activities of daily living. Hospice care providers can also provide education about the patient's condition and offer guidance to family members and caregivers.
Bereavement support is a type of emotional and spiritual support that is provided to families and loved ones after a patient has passed away. Hospice providers can work with hospital staff to provide bereavement support to families and loved ones, helping them cope with their loss and navigate the grieving process.
Partners in Care
It's important to note that hospice care providers do not replace hospital staff or medical care. Instead, they work together with hospital staff to provide the best possible care for patients. Hospice care providers can offer a range of services and support that complement the care provided by hospital staff.
By partnering with hospice to provide high-quality end-of-life care, hospitals can improve patient satisfaction and reduce readmission rates. This can result in cost savings for the hospital, as well as improved patient outcomes.
Working together, hospice providers and hospitals can identify areas where end-of-life care can be improved and develop strategies to ensure that patients receive the best possible care. Hospice providers can help hospitals develop end-of-life care protocols, train hospital staff in end-of-life care, and provide resources and support to hospital staff.
Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care is proud to partner with hospitals in our community to support the transition from hospital to home. To learn more about how we work with hospitals, please call 1-888-564-3405.
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