At the center of hospice is the belief that each person facing a serious illness has the right to comfort and dignity and may be difficult to discuss but it is often best for family members to share their wishes long before it becomes a concern. Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans and managed care organizations.
Mt Vernon Nursing and Rehab Center’s hospice care is focused on quality of life and comfort for the patient and family. The interdisciplinary hospice team usually includes a medical director, nurses, certified nurse’s aides, trained volunteers, chaplains and social workers. This team supports the effort to help reduce patient suffering while working to create a care plan based on the patient’s needs and wishes.
The staff at MVNRC works closely with the hospice team to help manage a patient’s pain and symptoms, offering emotional and spiritual support for the patient and their loved ones. This support is provided while simultaneously providing a safe, comfortable place for families to ask questions about physical, emotional and spiritual issues. Hospice care does not mean death; rather it is care and support to help each patient live with dignity and comfort.