Washington's Caring Team
Compassionate Hospice Care for Serious Illness
Washington's Hospice & Palliative Care Provider
When you or a loved one has been injured, diagnosed with a serious illness, or given a terminal diagnosis, you may not know where to turn for help. The situation may leave you feeling overwhelmed and unsure about the care you or your loved one needs.
Continumm Care Hospice and Palliative Care serves patients with expert medical care with compassion and pain management. These services are designed to work with you and your family to provide the support and care needed during this difficult time.
Palliative Care Services
Some consider palliative care a pre-hospice service, but we believe our palliative care services are beneficial at any stage of an illness or injury. Continuum palliative resource (CPR) patients receive our services while continuing their aggressive treatment.
The goal of CPR services is to help manage our patient’s pain and reduce the side effects caused by their treatment.
Develop a comprehensive plan
Our palliative care team consists of physicians, nurses, social workers, and support staff that coordinates care with the patient’s treating physicians. We develop a care plan based on the patient’s diagnosis, the course of their disease, and the treatments available.
A board-certified palliative care nurse practitioner is assigned to patients through our home-based CPR services. We provide in-home visits and phone consultations by our nursing staff to improve our patient’s quality of life. Nurses continuously coordinate and adjust care with the patient’s physician.
Services may include education about their illness or treatment options, symptom management techniques, and providing medical assistant devices. Our triage system means a palliative care nurse practitioner is available 24 hours a day by phone for consultations or emergency care.
Connect patients with community resources
Our staff social workers also make home visits, connecting patients with private and community-based services and resources to better manage their condition. This includes finding spiritual or psychosocial support services for our patients.
Compassionate Hospice Care
Hospice care is for patients who decide to stop seeking aggressive treatment of their terminal disease or medical condition. The care focuses on treating the person as a whole and managing their symptoms rather than treating their illness. Doctors and nurses on your hospice care team will meet with the patient and their family to design a care plan based on the patient’s desires and needs.
Hospice patients may wish to receive their care at home but also have the option of receiving care through in-patient services. Some patients require in-patient care when their symptoms or pain cannot be well managed at home. Hospice care provides patients with a comprehensive range of services.
Our Care Team
The medical director co-certifies the terminal diagnoses with the attending physician, and then leads the interdisciplinary team in the development of a plan of care for the patient. The director also provides consultation with other physicians regarding each patient.
The hospice nurse develops a care plan to ensure symptom control and pain management. The nurse coordinates care with the attending physician, primary caregiver, and care center staff as well as doctors visits. The hospice nurse provides family training as well.
The social worker assesses patient and family’s emotional, social, spiritual, and financial needs and then develops a plan of care tailored to meet identified needs. The social worker also provides direct counseling as needed, or refers patients and families to appropriate community agencies to ensure support is available.
Volunteers provide companionship and comfort to help support the patient and family. They also help with various non-medical services, such as letter writing, and time for caregivers and family. Volunteers also provide support at time of death and during the bereavement process.
The attending physician certifies the terminal diagnosis, and directs and approves a plan of care based on the patient’s needs and symptoms. The physician then coordinates the patients’ care together with the interdisciplinary team.
The home health aide provides the patients with direct personal care. The aide ensures the patient’s comfort, and provides emotional support for the patient’s family. The aide also identifies the patient’s needs and report them to the RN case manager.
Continuum Care of Washington
Being diagnosed with a serious or terminal illness is never easy. If you or a loved one has received a difficult diagnosis, you need medical care and services that are compassionate. Palliative and hospice care provide patients with the support they need.
At Continuum Care of Washington, we offer our patients skilled nursing care, emotional support, and management of medications as part of our hospice and palliative services. Our experienced staff and compassionate care services are designed to meet the emotional, spiritual, and physical needs of patients who are dealing with a life-threatening illness or nearing the end of their life.