Home Hospice Care
Most patients and families seek hospice care in their homes. Care is delivered to these patients by a primary caregiver (usually a family member or friend) with the assistance of our hospice team.
Individuals living in extended care facilities, such as nursing homes or an assisted living apartment, may also receive hospice home care services.
Members of our staff visit the home or extended care facility regularly to assess, teach and counsel, as well as to implement and direct the hospice plan of care. During our initial visit, we will assess the patient's needs and provide the necessary supplies and equipment needed for Hospice care. These supplies may include a hospital bed, wheelchair and oxygen.
The Aurora Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Program also provides medications needed for comfort and symptom management related to the patient's diagnosis. When a patient is not able to remain at home, the Aurora VNA works with the patient and family to find appropriate accommodations in a local extended care facility or hospice inpatient facility where available.
If a patient at home has increased medical needs for acute symptom management, continuous care may be available for a limited period. In addition, respite stays for five days or less are available when the caregiver is in need of relief from 24-hour caregiving responsibilities.