How we approach healthcare matters.
As healthcare professionals, our job is to reframe how we look at people’s health and treat our patients with their goals in mind. We are intentional in our approaches to put our patient’s goals as an integral component of their care plan. Our challenge is often to reframe how we provide this care, because it breaks from expectations. And, it is constantly evolving.
One of the areas of reframing is in how we look at the end of life, and this is why we do hospice.
Hospice is designed to provide comfort and care for the end-of-life. But, this also means looking at what is meaningful in the first place for our patient. It also means bringing in people that facilitate what is meaningful and how that changes as the individual is on our service.
Hospice is provided for cancer, dementia, cardiac disease, pulmonary disease, renal disease, liver disease, HIV/AIDS, neurological disease, and strokes/coma. It is a service that is provided by a nurse, a chaplain, and a social worker. That’s the basic.
We add in massage therapy, nurses aides, volunteers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists.
Patient-directed care means that you lead the process. It also means that you help reframe what it looks like for you.