Home hospice care
Fort Myers - Cape Coral
Home hospice care in Fort Myers and Cape Coral is just a phone call away.
Home hospice care is a preferred option for many individuals. Sometimes patients require more support than is provided through traditional hospice in home services. Abby Services can help by providing additional support by referring in-home caregivers to assist and support your hospice team.
What is hospice home care?
Hospice care focuses on managing a terminally ill patient’s pain and symptoms. Hospice care prioritizes comfort and quality of life by reducing pain and suffering for terminally ill patients. Hospice services can be provided inpatient at a facility or in-home by a team of professionals.
Inpatient hospice is typically needs-based and supports those with more technical management such as severe pain management, or other symptoms that require a more advanced level of care.
When given the choice, most individuals prefer home hospice care. Hospice home care is a team approach to managing a patient’s care and symptoms.
Your home hospice care team typically includes:
Your hospice home care team can assist with many things.
Your hospice in-home care team members work to ensure that patients are comfortable, pain-free, and able to maintain the highest possible quality of life. Hospice home care is provided wherever the patient calls home which can be a private residence, assisted living community, or nursing home.
Hospice in-home care team members visit a patient on average 5-6 times a week to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to their patient. The hospice in-home care team monitors for pain, helps to manage symptoms, works to address nutritional needs, addresses emotional issues, and offers support. Team members may also teach the family caregiver how to provide care to the patient.
In Fort Myers and Cape Coral, Hope Hospice is the only service licensed to serve our area. Hope Hospice provides hospice at home services as well as inpatient hospice services at their hope hospice houses.
Sometimes families and hospice patients may require more support than is routinely provided by hospice.
Hospice in-home care has its limitations. Sometimes families or patients require or desire more support than is provided by hospice providers. Additional support may be provided by family or friends, but often is provided by home health care services that are a source for safe, insured, trained in-home caregivers.
Abby Services has been helping families in Fort Myers and Cape Coral with hospice in-home caregivers since 1997!
In-home caregivers referred through Abby Services can assist your hospice team by performing the supplemental, non-medical care that keeps your loved ones comfortable in their own homes.
In fact, Scott Strachan, a nurse, and co-owner of Abby Services has direct hospice experience both as a CNA and as an RN. With his experience, guidance, and support Abby Services can work to guarantee that our clients receive all of the care they need. This professional knowledge and collaboration with hospice are some of the benefits of working with Abby Services.
Your home hospice caregiver can assist with a wide variety of tasks including:
- Working with family and your hospice team to help ensure comfort and dignity.
- Repositioning for comfort and pain control
- Medication reminders
- Overnight care and support so that family caregivers can get the rest they deserve while a patient gets the support they need.
- Continence care
- Bathroom assistance
- Transfers in and out of bed and seated positions also transfer with supportive devices such as Hoyer lifts.
- Meal preparation, feeding, nutritional support, and encouragement.
- Range of motion and other requested exercises.
- Assisting with personal care
- Light housekeeping to support both the patient but also the family.
- Homemaking duties such as garbage and recyclables
- Pet care
- Assisting with phone calls and communication with family and friends
- Companionship and conversation
Why supplemental hospice care at home is important
As discussed, your home hospice care team is comprised of doctors, nurses, social workers, and even chaplains. They are a valuable resource but their time is split between your loved one and many other patients as well. Often hospice patients and their families desire more support than is available.
Typically hospice is able to provide in-home caregivers up to 3 times per week for bathing assistance. These caregiver visits typically last up to an hour. While helpful, these visits rarely fully meet the needs of a hospice patient or the support a family needs. In these situations, patients and families are encouraged to seek outside home hospice support through home health care services such as Abby Services.
How can Abby Services help with home hospice care?
Managing a loved one’s care at home can be a daunting task. This is especially true when managing end-of-life care. Many spouses and families of hospice patients attempt to provide care themselves for as long as they possibly can.
Due to the nature of in-home hospice care, patients may require constant support and attention, to ensure they are clean and comfortable with their needs met. Even the most devoted family members may require additional support to meet the caregiving needs of their loved ones.
Often hospice home care patients require the support of multiple outside caregivers. Families can easily become overwhelmed when attempting to manage the schedules of multiple caregivers while struggling to meet their own needs and those of their loved one’s needs as well.
That’s why it is important to work with in-home hospice professionals who are familiar with the needs of families and hospice patients.
Abby Services has the hospice home care experience you need and access to a large pool of qualified, trained, professional in-home care providers to help you get the support you need.