Home Health nurses provide skilled healthcare
visits to people in their homes or foster homes. Services include nursing,
physical, occupational and speech therapy, medical social services and
a 24-hour on-call nurse.
Individuals who require periodic skilled healthcare visits and have difficulty
leaving home are candidates for these Medicare-approved services. Home
health requires an order from your physician.
Phone (541) 677-2384 for more information.
Hospice - Hospice provides support and care for persons in
the last phases of incurable disease so that they may live as fully and
comfortably as possible. Hospice recognizes dying as part of the normal
process of living and focuses on maintaining life. Hospice affirms life
and neither hastens nor postpones death. Hospice exists in the hope and
belief that through appropriate care, and the promotion of a caring community
sensitive to their needs, patients and their families may be free to attain
a degree of mental and spiritual preparation for death that is satisfactory
to them. (Standards of a Hospice Program of Care, National Hospice
To aid in decision
making, we offer the following general guidelines. We welcome discussion
and/or questions and understand the need to review patient status and
needs on a case-by-case basis.
- Life expectancy
measured in months rather than years (specifically, six months)
- "No code" or "do not rescusitate" status discussed
- "Home" setting (inclusive of foster care facility, home,
long-term care facility, or residential care facility)
- No 911...Hospice is the emergency contact for all interventions related
to the terminal diagnosis
- Comfort, not cure
- No pursuit of aggressive treatment if the goal is the reversal of
the terminal illness
- Team approach (physician-directed hospice staff)
With the premise of Hospice being to neither postpone nor hasten death,
the following treatment options could be compatible with the Hospice philosophy.
- Excellent pain/symptom control
- Oral antibiotics
- Blood transfusions (once a week, or less frequently)
- Tube feedings (cautiously and if patient's sole source of nutrition)
- G-tubes (in particular cases for venting to relieve nausea and vomiting)
- Durable medical equipment to support changing needs
- Lab work to support symptom management
- Radiation treatment to relieve tumor pressure, pain, or obstruction
- Suction, decompression
via nasogastric tube (rarely, due to trauma to patient) and excellent
non-invasive means available to control symptoms.
- IV Hydration under special circumstances (rarely)
Mercy Hospice is
Medicare-certified. Working in conjunction with Mercy Hospice, the Mercy
Foundation administers a Terminal Illness Fund, which provides
money to help offset some of the costs of caring for a terminally ill
For more information about the fund please call (541) 677-4818.
To inquire about Hospice, call (541) 677-2384.
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