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Community Spotlight: Trinity Health/Hospice Program

July 07,2016 17:18

Each year, Trinity's Hospice Program admits an average of 150 patients caring for the individual needs of the patient, as well as the family, when the inevitable is near. For most nurses, their goal is to get their patients healthy but it's a different ...


Each year, Trinity's Hospice Program admits an average of 150 patients caring for the individual needs of the patient, as well as the family, when the inevitable is near.

For most nurses, their goal is to get their patients healthy but it's a different story for hospice care providers.
Trinity Health offers comfort to patients who are near the end of their lives and bereavement counseling for families.
"With hospice, our main goal is to keep them comfortable and we know that they aren't going to be getting better, as far as, their general heath. But we know that we are making a huge difference in them being able to stay at home," says Terri Nelson, Director of Home Health/Hospice.
This program is an option to help patients and their families not dwell on the dying process, but to be provided a good quality-of-life up to the end.
"We know that it's not a curable disease that they have that we're dealing with. We know that we are making a huge difference" says Nelson.
Trinity's Hospice Program says some families are hesitant because the cost of services, but they say money should not be a factor.

"For the most part, people don't have to pay for the care and services that we provide. So, all of the nursing care, the aide services, social work, clergy, all of that is covered by insurance," says Nelson.
One of the registered nurses says being able to be there for these families and offer support, brings her joy.
"I spoke with a patient. His pain had gone from a 10 to a four. He had no more nausea or vomiting. He had slept all morning. He was a different person. That's what being a nurse is. That made my day," says Registered Nurse, Susan Chandler.
Along with the nursing aide, Trinity also offers bereavement classes and support groups to tend to the families needs.
Trinity also offers a free consultation for anyone who is interested in knowing if they're eligible for hospice. To learn more about this program, you can check out trinityhealth.org​.

Community Spotlight: Trinity Health/Hospice Program

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