Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a place of care. UPMC Jameson Hospice is now known as Family Hospice and Palliative Care. Services are provided at the patient’s residence, whether that is a private home, apartment, or assisted living or long term care facility. Family Hospice is contracted with all the long term care facilities in Lawrence County.
The patient and family are admitted to Family Hospice with the expectation that the patient’s attending physician will remain actively involved in the care. Family Hospice physicians may assume medical management responsibilities when requested to do so by the attending physician and in concurrence with the wishes of the family.
Because Family Hospice is primarily a comprehensive home care program, nursing services are available in the home on an intermittent basis. In addition to regularly scheduled visits, a nurse is available on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Medical Social Services
The services of a medical social worker are available in the home on an intermittent basis. Regularly scheduled visits by a medical social worker will be provided for all patients and families admitted to Family Hospice.
Hospice Aide Services
Home Health Aide services include all aspects of personal care available in the home setting. These services are available on an intermittent, regularly scheduled basis.
When a patient and family are admitted to Family Hospice, they will be offered spiritual counseling within their belief system. When the patient has a personal clergy, it is anticipated that he/she will remain actively involved through a working relationship with Hospice. The Hospice Spiritual Counselor is available for spiritual support when requested.
Direct Care Volunteers
Volunteers are carefully chosen individuals who have comprehensive preparation and a sincere interest in providing a variety of valuable supportive services to the patient and family in the home. These services include such things as companionship, respite for the primary caregiver, shopping and errands.
A registered dietitian is available for home visits and consultation as needed.
Counseling and supportive care services are available to family members for up to 13 months after the death of the patient. In addition to trained professional staff, trained volunteers provide bereavement support services to the family members.
Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy
Therapy services are available through Family Hospice for the patient in the home on an intermittent basis. The goal of these services is to help improve or maintain the patient’s quality of life.
Medical Supplies, Medication and Durable Medical Equipment
Family Hospice and Palliative Care will provide medical supplies, durable medical equipment, and medications needed for the palliation and management of the terminal illness and related conditions in the home. This service includes 24-hour availability and delivery when necessary and is provided by agencies/pharmacies under contract with Family Hospice.
Short Term General Inpatient Care
Family Hospice recognizes that the needs of the patient cannot always be met at home. In order to provide continuity of care, general inpatient services will be made available through hospice care at local contracted facilities. The decision for short-term general inpatient care is made in conjunction with the patients attending physician and the Family Hospice Interdisciplinary Team and is arranged by Family Hospice. The General Inpatient level of care is provided when the patient needs pain controlled as well as acute or chronic symptom management that cannot feasibly be provided in other settings. The Friends of Hospice, the fundraising branch of Hospice volunteers, raised money to furnish two beautifully-decorated rooms at UPMC Jameson for general inpatient hospice stays. Hardwood floors, flat-screen TVs, modern décor and the amenities of home are there to keep the patient and the family members comfortable.
Family Hospice also recognizes that there may be times during the course of the terminal illness when the family needs relief from care giving responsibilities. Respite care is short term in nature; no more than five consecutive days and will be made available at UPMC Jameson inpatient hospice rooms or at contracted long term care facilities in the area.
Payment for Hospice Services
Family Hospice is a not-for-profit organization as part of UPMC. Hospice services are paid for in a variety of ways. Hospice is 100 percent covered by Medicare for all patients with the Medicare Part A benefit for any services related to the hospice diagnosis. Hospice staff will assist you in determining insurance coverage for hospice services or evaluate your eligibility for financial aid. Patients meeting the criteria for hospice services are not declined care regardless of ability to pay.