Services

Hospice Services

Ohio Valley Hospice is here to support patients and families when they need it most. Our comprehensive services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are made to address a range of physical, mental, spiritual and social issues that may coincide the dying process. At Ohio Valley Hospice, we offer:

Hospice Levels of Care

Ohio Valley Hospice wants to ensure that our patients are receiving the level of care necessary to be as comfortable as possible. Though patients spend most of their hospice time receiving routine care, other options are available as vital to treatment. Our team of professionals works with each patient and family to coordinate the level of care that will be most beneficial to them. Hospice levels of care include:

1

Routine Home Care

Intermittent care that is provided where your loved one lives.

2

Inpatient Care

Care that is provided at a hospital or another type of inpatient facility for short-term stays to control symptoms or pain.

3

Crisis Care

Crisis care that is provided around the clock, when your loved one requires close skilled attention to manage acute medical symptoms.

4

Respite Care

Care provided to your loved one in long-term care facility setting for up to 5 days when you, your family members, or other caregivers need rest.

Your Hospice Care Team

At Ohio Valley Hospice, our team abides by the Golden Rule, treating others the way that we would hope to be treated. Not only do we supply our patients and their loved ones with compassionate care, but we hold ourselves to the highest professional and clinical standards, guaranteeing the most effective treatments and optimal outcomes. To accomplish this, we bring together a remarkable interdisciplinary team that includes:

The Medical Director is a licensed physician who oversees the hospice program and leads the interdisciplinary team. The Medical Director:

  • Provides written certification of the terminal illness
  • Coordinates with the patient’s attending physician to plan and manage patient care and order appropriate medications and treatments

Licensed professional nurses and practical nurses (under the supervision of a registered nurse):

  • Assess patient needs, assist with care planning, and provide consistent, thorough care and treatments
  • Manage pain, discomfort and symptom relief
  • Oversee medication administration and effectiveness
  • Educate the patient and family/caregiver(s) regarding disease progression, self-care techniques, end-of-life care, and processes for addressing ethical issues

 These are trained caregivers who work under the supervision of a registered nurse to:

  • Assist with personal care
  • Provide light housekeeping
  • Participate in life enhancement activities such as reading to the patient, writing letters, and taking the patient for walks

Social workers focus on ensuring that support systems are available to reduce stress and facilitate coping with end-of-life care. Social workers:

  • Provide social and emotional support
  • Counsel patients and families around issues of death, dying, and grief
  • Furnish financial and community resource education and referrals

 In keeping with holistic nature of the Hospice philosophy, the chaplain attends to the spiritual needs of the patient and family. The chaplain:

  • Assesses the patient’s and family’s spiritual needs
  • Provides direct counseling and bereavement support
  • Consults with the patient’s clergy to ensure that the individual needs of the patient/family are met

Other services such as rehabilitative services, speech therapy, and/or dietary services are available depending on the needs of the patient and focus on patient safety, symptoms management, and end-of-life goals.

Volunteers are specially trained to support you and your family through companionship, grief support, and caregiver relief.  Pet Therapy is offered through our volunteer program.