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To serve all people during the end of life's journey. To give the gift of hospice.
Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a location or a building. Our teams of caregivers consist of registered nurses, physicians, hospice aides, social workers, chaplains, bereavement counselors and trained volunteers.
We provide what is called palliative care to the patient, that is, care that helps ease pain and discomforting symptoms. In addition, they provide psycho-social and spiritual support for both patients and their loved ones. Patients typically receive our services in their own homes or in nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
The mission of Nightingale Hospice Care, Inc. is to provide physical, emotional, social, and spiritual support to terminally ill patients, as well as their families and loved ones, while assisting patients and families to live with dignity and comfort as they cope with end of life issues. We believe:
- Hospice affirms life.
- Hospice recognizes dying as a process and so our care provides comfort rather than cure.
- Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death.
- Hospice provides physical, emotional and spiritual care to terminally ill persons and their families.
- Hospice helps the terminally ill person maintain quality of life and helps family members through an extremely stressful time in their lives.
Hospice is primarily a home care program, but services may also be provided in a hospital or nursing home. A hospice team helps the patient and family make informed decisions about caregiving, teaches the necessary skills for "hands-on" care and helps with the approaching and actual death. Hospice also offers help through the bereavement period.
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