Hospice care services
Offering round-the-clock physical, emotional and spiritual support for patients, their caregivers and family members.
What is hospice care?
With a physician referral, hospice is an option for anyone with conditions including:
- Cardiac diseases
- Respiratory diseases
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Liver diseases
- Kidney diseases
Our caring, specially trained team consists of nurses, therapists, social workers, a hospice medical director, spiritual counselors, trained volunteers and your physician to offer care and guidance to the whole family.
- Pain and symptom management
- Short-term inpatient care for pain and symptom management
- Personal care assistance
- Community resource planning
- Grief and bereavement support
- Volunteer services
Grief and bereavement support
Timing of hospice care
Hospice care should begin as a patient’s illness progresses to later stages, which could mean he or she only has months or weeks instead of years of life remaining. Hospice helps the patient and his or her family focus on quality of life. Our goal is to help the patient live each day to its fullest through pain and symptom management and emotional support.
The patient or the patient’s family members should speak to a doctor about a proper time to begin hospice care, as a physician referral is required. If needed, the staff at Geisinger Home Health & Hospice can speak with the patient’s doctor to help with obtaining a referral.
Hospice conditions and treatments
Geisinger’s hospice specialists provide comfort, care and support to patients suffering from:
- End-of-life conditions