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What is hospice?
When medical care cannot offer a cure, hospice provides care, comfort and support for persons with terminal conditions as well as families. The hospice team works to make the person comfortable and relieve symptoms and pain of the illness.
Who can receive hospice?
To receive hospice, the patient’s life expectancy should be limited to six months if the disease follows its normal course. This does not mean that care will only be provided for six months; hospice can be provided as long as the person’s physician and hospice team certifies that their condition remains terminal.
Why choose hospice during a difficult time?
Hospice care is a family-centered team approach that includes a doctor, nurse, social worker, chaplain, counselor, hospice aide and trained volunteers. They work together focusing on the dying person’s needs-physical, emotional, social and spiritual. The goal is to keep the person as pain and symptom-free as possible while offering spiritual and supportive counseling to the patient and family members. In Touch Hospice offers patients and their family the option for short term use in our inpatient hospice facility, House of Journey’s Rest, or have care in the privacy of their own home. As a registered non- profit hospice provider, we believe our primary role is to care for the community, one family at a time.
How does hospice provide care?
The staff of In Touch Hospice has over 100 combined years of experience for individuals diagnosed with terminal illness and the people who love them. Each member of the team works to offer a personalized approach of care for every member of the patient’s family. We offer spiritual care, support groups, opportunities to recognize loved ones during holiday event and on monumental occasions. Your memories, past, present and future are important to us.
What services are provided by hospice?
- Manage pain and other symptoms
- Offer support with the emotional and spiritual aspects of dying
- Provide medications, medical supplies and equipment related to the terminal illness.
- Teach family members skills to help them provide care.
- Make short-term inpatient care available when pain and other short term symptoms become too difficult to manage at home.
- Provide support and counseling to family members and loved ones.
Does insurance cover these services?
Hospice is provided regardless of one’s ability to pay. Hospice is paid for by the Medicare Hospice Benefit, Medicaid Hospice Benefit and most private insurers. If a person does not have coverage through Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance, hospice will work with the family to ensure services can be provided. Private insurance coverage varies, but generally includes at least
In Touch Hospice House
This facility provides a home-like setting for those patients who require a more intense level of care or for those situations when the family needs a short respite from the care they are providing at home. We offer three levels of care including general inpatient, respite and residential care.
The In Touch Hospice House features:
- Ten patient rooms
- Living room area with a fireplace and children’s corner
- Non-denominational chapel
- Dining Room
- Sun Porch
- Office space for the hospice home care staff
Location: 1474 N. Center Avenue, Somerset, PA 15501