Studies show that patients who are referred to hospice care as early as possible experience a far superior quality of life, with fewer hospitalizations and a decrease in symptoms.
What is hospice? It is an interdisciplinary team that includes caregivers, nurses, social workers and chaplains. We visit you, wherever you are living—at home, in a nursing home or at any of the hospitals in Dutchess and Ulster counties—and work in tandem with your current physician to provide an extra level of specialized comfort.
Referrals for hospice care can come from you, your loved ones, your own doctors, or a hospital. Medicare-certified hospices require physicians to certify that a patient's prognosis is expected to be six months or less.
At Hudson Valley Hospice, we know that each patient’s situation is unique, so we develop an individualized plan of care to provide the services that meet your specific needs. Your care plan is continually reviewed and updated by our medical director, your physician, and members of your clinical care team. Some of the services provided by the clinical care team are:
- Medical director consultations
- Hospice nurses
- Pain and symptom management
- Medical social workers
- Spiritual care
- Music therapists
- Home health aides
- Illness-related medications
- Medical supplies and equipment
- Physical, occupational and speech therapy consults
- Dietary counseling
- Grief support