Hospice is a shift in care.
A shift from treating an illness to treating a person
A Team Approach to Care
Patient and Family: At all times, the patient and family are in the center of our care. Your goals and needs drive the entire Hospice plan of care.
Attending Physician: Remains your primary doctor and works closely with Hospice for symptom management.
Medical Director: Oversees all clinical aspects of Hospice and directs the team in managing pain and symptoms.
Nurse Care Manager: Provides direct care and coordinates pain and symptom management, medical equipment, supplies, and additional Hospice services. You will have a primary nurse and additional nurse support is available 24/7.
Home Health Aide: Provides personal care such as bathing and assistance in activities of daily living, assesses your comfort level and provides emotional support.
Social Worker: Assesses patient and family emotional, social, and financial needs and assists in funeral arrangements, advance directives, caregiving issues.
Chaplain: Provides spiritual support for the patient and family across all denominations and can connect you with specific religious organizations and ceremonies at your request.
Volunteers: Volunteers provide any number of supportive needs, such as assistance in errands, life review, legacy projects, a bedside presence, or the gift of music.
Bereavement Coordinator: Our Bereavement Coordinator will ensure you are coping effectively and provide you with our bereavement care and connect you to other resources in the community.
Routine Care: On any given day, the majority of patients on hospice receive this level of care. Routine Care is provided in your home, nursing home, or wherever you call home.
This level of care includes regular visits in the home by the Atlanta Family Hospice Care team for symptom management, assistance in personal care, and psychosocial care.
Respite Care: Because Hospice provides care for the entire family, the Respite Care benefit provides the family a break from caregiving duties.
If you decide you would like to utilize Respite Care, the patient will be temporarily transferred to a nearby nursing home of your choice for up to 5 days. After the 5 days, the patient returns home.
Atlanta Family Hospice Care will coordinate all the details and all costs are covered by Hospice.
General Inpatient Care: There may be times when pain and symptom management cannot be managed at home or if a patient is in the hospital and too unstable to transfer home for Hospice care.
In those instances, Hospice care is provided in the hospital and the Atlanta Family Hospice Care team provides care and support to the patient and family bedside at the hospital along with their care staff.
Continuous Care: In the event of a sudden change in condition which requires additional skilled nursing care bedside in your home, you may receive Continuous Care until by the Hospice care team until symptoms are managed. This level of care is rarely required but it is available for short-term moments of crisis.
We help individuals and families cope with and accept the loss of their loved one through our grief services. Grief often begins even before the loss of your loved one. Our care team will support you through the grief process both before and after your loss. We can assist you in having important conversations, leaving a family legacy, and making sure you have the support you need. We help you to understand your feelings are normal yet personal to you.
After your loss, we remain a resource for your grief needs. We are available by phone and contact you by mail throughout the first year to ensure you are grieving appropriately. We mark each anniversary milestone together.
Most patients feel better knowing their loved ones will have access to the grief support they need.
Atlanta Family Hospice Care is reimbursed for Hospice services by Medicare Part A. We will verify your coverage and eligibility before you begin Hospice.
You will have no copays or out-of-pocket expenses for the care we provide related to your terminal illness.
In most cases, you may still seek treatment and care for any illness or condition unrelated to the Hospice diagnosis under your other forms of insurance.