Considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care at the end-of-life, hospice care involves a team oriented approach to expert medical care, pain managment, and emotional and spirtual support, tailored to the patient's needs and wishes. Support it extended to the patient's loved ones as well. Area Community Hospice recognizes death as part of life's journey.
Our committment is to provide compassionate care so our patient's can end thier journey in peace and comfort with dignity while providing support for them and thier loved ones.
The focus is caring not curing. The term "Hospice" originates from medieval times when it referred to inns for travelers and later a refuge for the ill. Today, most hospice care takes place in a patient's home, hospital setting, long term care facility or assisted living facility where he or she is surrounded by family and familiar things.
An interdisciplinary team of professional, the patient, the patient's family and a physician of choice collaborate to create a plan of care. Each plan of care is developed with individual needs in mind. The goal is to provide holistic care: to address the physical, spritual, social and financial needs of the patient and family. The team includes nurses, physicians, social workers, home health aides, clergy, bereavement counselors and volunteers.