Hospice is a philosophy of care that maintains living each day to the fullest. It is founded on the belief that the final stages of life should be lived with the greatest degree of comfort and dignity possible.
Hospice of Memorial Hospital provides nursing, psychological, emotional, spiritual and bereavement care to terminally ill patients and their families with emphasis on care in the home. 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.
Our Mission. To care for the terminally ill and bereaved of the community including the physical, psychosocial and the spiritual aspects of each patient/family unit of those referred to us for care. To allow families of the terminally ill to care for them at home if that is their desire and to coordinate resources to facilitate this care.
Home Based Care. The Hospice philosophy supports home based care for patients whenever possible. Regular home visits by a nurse, social worker and volunteer will provide symptom control as well as peace of mind. When a patient must be admitted to the hospital, caring and support continue in Memorial Hospital's special Hospice rooms.
Hospice care is palliative (not curative). Its aim is to manage pain and other symptoms so that patients can remain comfortable and at an optimal level of functioning. Patients are encouraged to retain control of their own lives and to assist in the decision making process.
Who is a Candidate for Hospice?
- Persons of all ages who have a life limiting illness and have 6 months or less life expectancy.
- Those who seek the best in symptom control and comfort and who do not wish to be kept alive by artificial means.
- Persons who reside in Martinsville, Henry County or the immediate surrounding area and are followed by a local physician.
How the Hospice Team Can Help. Skilled professionals and trained volunteers use their heads, hearts and hands to meet the special needs of the patient and family. Home nursing and comfort measures are taught to caregivers. The team consists of a physician, either a local doctor or a Hospice staff physician, who will oversee all medical care; registered nurses who are available 24 hours a day for an emergency and to make regular home visits; certified nursing assistants; volunteers; a bereavement counselor; a social worker; a dietitian/nutritionist; clergy and physical, occupational and speech therapists.
Bereavement Care. A bereavement coordinator helps with anticipatory grief issues-preparing the patient and family and providing peace of mind. The bereavement coordinator along with Hospice team members, help the patient through the transition from this life to the next, comforting and guiding them.
Bereavement Care is provided for at least a year following death. Support groups are provided for bereaved family and friends, widows and widowers and children. Individual counseling is also provided.
How to Pay for Hospice Care. Hospice of Memorial Hospital services are covered, in full or in part, by most insurance plans. Medicare has a special hospice benefit that relieves many patients and families of virtually all their healthcare payment concerns. Hospice does not deny care based on insurance or one's ability to pay. Funding is provided for the indigent patient through donations and contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations and religious and civil organizations who wish to support hospice care in this community. These funds ensure the availability of all Hospice services to those who need them.