It’s National Assisted Living Week, and during this time each year we like to extend our gratitude to our partners in care working in assisted living facilities throughout our service area.
Many times, people are surprised to learn that hospice care is available in assisted living facilities, nursing homes or even hospitals—wherever a patient calls “home.”
In assisted living facilities, Hospice staff does not take over care, but rather combines their skills and expertise with facility staff. In this situation, we take the lead in directing symptom management and comfort, rather than aggressive treatment. And, Hospice staff members provide emotional and spiritual support regarding end-of-life issues.
In addition to members of our patient care teams, Hospice of the Red River Valley also has a team of provider relations coordinators who work closely with the staff in assisted living and long-term care facilities to ensure residents with limited life expectancy have access to hospice care.
An article in our most recent issue of Touching Lives magazine features an inside look at an assisted living facility’s partnership with Hospice of the Red River Valley. I encourage you to read more about this wonderful partnership here: http://www.hrrv.org/pdf/CelebratingLife.pdf . Please let us know what you think by commenting below.
About Hospice of the Red River Valley
Hospice of the Red River Valley is an independent, not-for-profit hospice serving all, or portions of, 29 counties in North Dakota and Minnesota. Hospice care is intensive comfort care that alleviates pain and suffering, enhancing the quality of life for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their loved ones by addressing their medical, emotional, spiritual and grief needs. For more information, call toll free 800-237-4629, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hrrv.org.