What is Hospice Care?
Hospice is a philosophy of care provided to patients and their families wherever they call home. It enables individuals with life-limiting illnesses to live life with quality, dignity and comfort.
Signs it may by time to consider Hospice
Many people miss opportunities for comfort by waiting too long to consider hospice. Signs that might indicate a person may benefit from hospice care include:
- Frequent visits to the Emergency Room
- Shortness of breath
- Unplanned weight loss
- Frequent falls
- Sleeping or resting more than usual
- Diagnosis of life-limiting illness such as cancer or Alzheimer’s Disease
Hospice of CNS
As Utah’s first agency to be certified by Medicare to offer Hospice Services, Community Nursing Services (CNS) has developed a legacy of trust and compassionate service. We emphasize creating moments and experiences that provide peace of mind to our patients and their families. Our Hospice professionals put health, dignity, comfort, and well-being first.
What does Hospice Care include?
- Home visits from physicians, nurses, home health aides and volunteer companions
- In-home counseling and assessment visits as needed from social workers
- Access to spiritual counselors
- All medications related to the terminal diagnosis
- All home medical equipment such as hospital bed, wheelchair and shower safety equipment
- Life Stories - a CNS volunteer brings recording equipment to capture your loved one's stories. The family receives a keepsake DVD of the recording.
- Philips Lifeline Support – a device worn around the neck to alert caregivers in the event of a fall or other issue
- Bedside harp music provided by our thanatologist
- ‘No One Dies Alone’ - 24/7 companion support
- 12 months of bereavement services for family members
Special programs for CNS Hospice patients
The Senior Wish Program grants personalized wishes to our Hospice patients. The wishes provide the opportunity for our patients to relive a cherished memory or experience a new adventure.
The Honor Salute Program gives pride and peace to our veterans while bringing together family and friends to celebrate what is often the final time these men and women are publicly thanked for their service. Veteran patients are saluted, presented with a certificate of appreciation and pinned with a veterans' appreciation pin.
Who pays for Hospice Care?
Most services are covered by Medicare and Medicaid in addition to many private insurance plans.
CNS Charitable Care may be available to help individuals and families who are uninsured, underinsured or who are facing economic hardships and do not have the means to pay.
If you think it might be time for you or your loved one to consider Hospice Care please call (800) 286-8442, where an associate will assist you in determining coverage options.
If you are facing a life-limiting illness and are not yet ready for hospice care, click here for information on our Palliative Care services.