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Hospice Care

Care and compassion can make a great difference in the well-being of patients who are seriously ill. The Hospice program unites the skills of a dedicated team to treat and comfort terminally ill patients and their families at home. In doing so, specially trained caregivers and volunteers focus on helping patients and their family members work through the final stage of life with hope and dignity.

Hospice patients are cared for by a team of professionals including physicians, the hospice medical director, registered nurses, social workers, certified nursing assistants, trained volunteers and clergy. Pain management and symptom control are emphasized, as are psychological and spiritual support. If someone you know is facing a life-limiting illness, chances are we can help. Services include:

  • Treatment that helps patients get pleasure from each day and avoid feeling isolated or alone.
  • Support for family members and friends during the illness, and bereavement care after the loved one's death.
  • On-call emergency nursing service, 24 hours a day.
  • Care from specially trained professionals and volunteers.
  • Coverage by Medicare, Medicaid, Champus and private insurance health plans.

Hospice was developed at Chesapeake Regional Healthcare in 1994 and received full Medicare certification in 1995. Hospice is a Medicare/Medicaid-certified agency, which also is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital Organizations. Membership has been maintained in both the Virginia Association of Hospices and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

ComfortCare is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital Organizations. Comfort Care Hospice also is a member of the Virginia Association of Hospices and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

ComfortCare's Hospice program has achieved the Partner Level Four with We Honor Veterans, the highest level of achievement with this program. We Honor Veterans is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It surprises many Americans to learn that 25 percent of all deaths in the US are Veterans. That's 1,800 people a day; more than 680,000 veterans every year. These heroic Americans deserve recognition for their military service- particularly at the end of life's journey. Chesapeake Regional Home Care Service's Hospice program joined We Honor Veterans which will enable us to provide for the unique needs of our nation's veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness.

Find out more about We Honor Veterans. If you would like to learn how our hospice can help your patients who are Veterans, please call Chesapeake Regional Home Care Service's Hospice program at 757-312-6460.

Hospice is a paradox. It serves the terminally ill and addresses all the issues around the process, but its real value lies in its focus on life in helping patients and their family members work through the final stage of human growth. It's about living with hope and dying with dignity.

Hospice considers death to be a natural part of the life cycle. When death is inevitable, hospice will seek neither to hasten nor to postpone it. We believe that psychosocial, emotional and spiritual pain is as significant as physical pain and other symptoms, and that relief requires the skills and approach of an interdisciplinary team.

The purpose of hospice is to enhance the quality of life of the terminally ill, and to support the family in caring for and keeping their loved one comfortable in the home. The goal of our program is to support patients who no longer wish to continue curative treatment or when the side effects of curative therapies outweigh potential long-term benefits.

Hospice services are offered, upon approval by a physician, to individuals who are terminally ill. Our nursing staff is on call for emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, Champus and private insurance health plans.

Your attending physician and the hospice staff will work with you and your family to set up a plan of care that meets your specific needs. As a hospice patient, you will be cared for by a team of professionals including your physician, the hospice medical director, registered nurses, social workers, certified nursing assistants, trained volunteers and clergy.

Typical services include visits from staff who are specially trained to address pain-control issues, nutrition, hydration, hygiene, family resources, and support for family members and friends during the illness. We help our patients find pleasure in each day and not feel isolated or alone.

Hospice services are provided in the city of Chesapeake and other surrounding cities in the Hampton Roads, Va., area including Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth and Suffolk.

Chesapeake Regional Healthcare's Hospice program is also recruiting volunteer veterans who are interested in working with other veterans through We Honor Veterans. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a volunteer with Hospice, please call 757-312-6460.

For more information call 757-312-6460 or e-mail us at homehealth@chesapeakeregional.com