Hospice Care for Patients in Southwest Georgia
Hospice of Southwest Georgia offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient hospice services that are designed to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients at the end of life.
What Is Hospice?
Hospice care is a compassionate, patient-centered approach to medical care and support for people who are at the end of life. Hospice care services focus on improving the quality of life for people when their quantity of time is limited. Hospice of Southwest Georgia offers comprehensive hospice services for patients in a home-like setting, as well as emotional and spiritual support for the patients and for those who love and care for them.
What Services Are Available to Patients Through Hospice?
Archbold’s Hospice of Southwest Georgia offers a full scope of services that are delivered by highly qualified and experienced healthcare professionals to provide:
- Pain and symptom management
- Hospice nursing care
- Assistance with obtaining medical equipment, oxygen, supplies, and prescription drugs related to a hospice diagnosis
- Assistance from hospice aides with bath and other personal care
- Education regarding their illness, pain and symptom management and how to provide care to their loved one
- Training for caregivers
- Supportive emotional care for family members
- Spiritual support
- Assistance with advanced directives
- Assistance obtaining community resources
- Support during and after the “journey of life”
- Volunteer services (reading, visiting, sitting, running errands, making phone calls)
- Respite care
- Inpatient hospice care (when needed)
Where Are Hospice Services Provided?
Hospice of Southwest Georgia provides services to patients in their own homes, contracted nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.
If a patient needs pain or symptom management that cannot feasibly provide in another care setting, they may qualify for short-term General Inpatient Services. This level of care is determined and approved by the Hospice Medical Director and the Interdisciplinary Team. Hospice of Southwest Georgia offers inpatient hospice services in our new John B. and Elizabeth V. Wight Inpatient Hospice Center located inside Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia.
Who Provides Hospice Care?
We offer a team approach to hospice care. Our interdisciplinary Hospice of Southwest Georgia team is comprised of licensed professionals who address the medical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of the patient and loved ones.
Your hospice team could include any combination of the following professionals:
- Registered nurses (RN)
- Medical social workers
- Hospice aides
- Bereavement coordinators
How Long Will My Loved One Receive Hospice Care?
Traditionally, hospice is an option for people whose life expectancy is six months or less and focuses on pain and symptom relief rather than curative measures.
Can Anyone Have Access to Hospice Care?
Yes, no one is refused hospice services on the basis of race, religion, age, sex, ethnic background, handicap condition, or financial resources. Anyone may refer a patient to hospice, including a family member or loved one, however, a physician's order is required to admit a patient.
Is Hospice Care Covered by Insurance?
Hospice offers services based on need rather than the ability to pay. Payment for services is accepted from commercial insurance companies, Medicare, Medicaid, and on a private pay basis.
What Support Services Are Available for Family Members Through Hospice?
Family members play a vital role in the care and well-being of hospice patients. We offer many support services for family members, so you’re able to focus on enjoying quality time with your loved one.
Our support services are helpful for family members throughout their journey.
- Respite care
- Emotional support and counseling
- Chaplain services
- Bereavement support
- Grief support groups
- Memorial services
You can read more about our support services, programs and events for family members here.
We’re Here for You. Contact Us Today!
Are you interested in learning how our hospice services can help you and your loved one?
Call Hospice of Southwest Georgia at (229) 584-5500.