The Partner of Choice for Hospice Care

We understand how challenging it can be to transition from curative care to hospice care. Our team will work closely with you to meet the medical and emotional needs of your patients while honoring their religious/cultural preferences and wishes for palliative, supportive care.

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How Hospice Can Help

Hospice services are available to patients who no longer benefit from, and choose to forgo, curative treatment. The typical hospice patient has a life expectancy of six months or less, if the illness follows its expected course.

Patients who may benefit from hospice care are those in the final stages of any disease process, including chronic lung disease, congestive heart failure, AIDS, cancer, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia, and other life-limiting, terminal illnesses.

Hospice offers help and support to the patient and their loved ones, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For hospice patients, help is just a phone call away.

At Agape Care Georgia, we’re committed to providing hospice services that ensure a superior patient-family experience, whether at home, in a hospital, or in a facility such as a nursing home or assisted living community.

Patients routinely receive scheduled periodic in-home services of a nurse, hospice aide, social worker, chaplain, and volunteer.

The Care Team

Registered Nurses (RNs)
Registered
Nurse (RN)
Registered
Nurse (RN)

Provides care, which includes assessment, planning, and evaluation of patient needs. The nurse maintains open communication with the physician and hospice team.

Certified Nursing Assistant
Certified Nursing
Assistant
Certified Nursing
Assistant

Helps with personal needs such as feeding, bathing, dressing, basic housekeeping, and companionship.

Medical Social Worker
Social
Worker
Social
Worker

Helps make decisions about care options available in patient's community, provides guidance on advance care directives, financial concerns, and other emotional needs.

Hospice Physician
Hospice
Physician
Hospice
Physician

Provides medical direction to the team.

Chaplain
Chaplain
Chaplain

Available for nondenominational spiritual support and guidance that honors the patient’s beliefs and values.

Grief Loss <br>Counselor
Grief & Loss Counselor
Grief & Loss Counselor

Provides support throughout the grief experience, maintaining contact with the patient’s caregivers and loved ones.

Volunteer
Volunteer
Volunteer

Available to support in a variety of ways including personal care, errands, light housekeeping, reading, assistance with meal preparation and companionship.

Four Levels of Comprehensive Care

Hospice patients require differing intensities of care during the course of their disease. The hospice benefit affords patients four levels of care to meet their clinical needs:

This level of care is provided in the patient’s place of residence — in a private home, an assisted living community, a skilled nursing or long-term care facility, or another residential setting. Under routine care, the patient receives regular scheduled visits from members of their care team, based upon their specific needs. As the patient’s needs change, team members adjust their visits to accommodate these changes and ensure optimal care.

If a patient experiences acute symptoms that cannot be safely managed in the home or other residential setting, they may require a higher level of care called general inpatient (or GIP) care. GIP care may be provided in a contracted skilled nursing facility or a hospital. Once symptoms are under control, the patient may return to their home under the routine level of care.

Many patients have their own caregivers. If your caregiver needs a rest from their caregiving responsibilities, respite care is available. Under respite care, you may stay in a Medicare-certified facility or other inpatient center for up to five days.

Sometimes a medical crisis occurs that requires a higher intensity of care. When this happens, skilled care may be brought into the patient’s home for up to 24 hours to possibly avert the need for a hospital visit. When the crisis is over, they can return to routine care.

Studies regarding hospice care have demonstrated significant benefits to both the patient and their family when an early referral to hospice is made. Pain and accompanying symptoms are better managed, which leads to significant improvement of life and, often, longer length of life.

Our hospice care
plans are designed to:

  • Support the patient and their family in understanding their options for care
  • Manage pain and discomfort
  • Provide medical needs and equipment
  • Offer spiritual assistance
  • Facilitate communication

Comfort Care at the Right Time

Grief Counseling

We also provide comprehensive grief support services for the family members of our patients for up to a year after the loss of a loved one. The emotional and psychological consequences of losing a loved one should never be underestimated.

The goal of grief counseling is to facilitate a safe and healing environment for people who are adjusting to a significant loss in their lives. Through our grief support services, we hope to help families celebrate the life of a loved one and process any feelings of loss. Our grief care is extended to family members and other significant persons both before and after the death of a hospice patient.

Hospice Eligibility Guidelines

At Agape Care, we’re with you as your care partner, and we’re committed to providing hospice services that ensure a superior patient-family experience. These guidelines, which are also available as a pocket guide below, are meant as a tool to help determine whether a patient is eligible for hospice care.

Guidelines

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What You Can Expect

You can rely on our team to deliver the highest clinical quality and the best patient/family experience. Partnering with us means access to:

Simple referral process

Patient consultations on advanced care planning

Corporate compliance officer certified in health care compliance

Customized care plans for your patients

Palliative physical and occupational therapy for your patients

Continuing education

Close coordination of care

Contracted, registered dietitian services

Resources for health care professionals, including advance care planning, overseeing the care plan and 11th-hour crisis assistance

24/7 call coverage

Quality assessment process improvement team

Education on prognosis and disease progression

When families find themselves facing a health crisis, the person to whom they look for advice and assurance is the physician. Because of this, physicians must be comfortable being an important active part of that journey. We can help you and your team meet the needs of your patients and their families at this sensitive time in their lives.

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