Simply stated, there is no replacement for having experienced, proven and capable professionals in your corner during this time. Compassionate care from experienced hospice aides is at the heart of everything we do. It is our mission to help support our patients and enhance their quality of life. Improving patient quality of life takes many forms, ranging from assisting with symptom management to taking steps to help reduce pain.
We understand that dealing
with a life threatening illness
is very challenging.
OUR HOSPICE TEAM MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Hospice care is suitable when an individual, regardless of age, has a terminal illness that no longer benefits from medical treatment, and has a prognosis of living six months or less with a life limiting illness or injury. The treatment and care is meant to provide for the reduction of pain and other troubling symptoms, rather than treatment aimed at finding a cure. The patient is typically treated in their own home with the love and compassion they deserve tailored to the patient’s and family’s needs.
In most cases, a family member serves as the primary caregiver and, when appropriate, helps make decisions for the terminally ill individual. Aurora hospice staff will make regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care or other services. Our staff is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
At Aurora, we pay attention to what makes you special – religious affiliation, cultural needs, dietary restrictions, physical and emotional needs and of course, social and spiritual support. We empower your family and caregivers with the resources and support they may need so that you can focus on the most important person of all in this process – YOU!
Aurora Hospice is committed to supporting your decisions about your life, your plan of care and will assist you in maintaining your dignity in ways that are most important to you. We have found that this approach has essential comforting value to those coping with the end of life.
At Aurora Hospice, we want to provide you with easy and fast access to all the assistance that you need. Our skilled, compassionate and experienced team members are ready to assist you and your loved one.
Aurora Hospice provides
- Physicians who will develop a plan of care as part of an overall interdisciplinary care approach
- Nurses who can assist patients with pain and symptom management & wound care
- Hospice aides can help patients with essential needs ranging from bathing and feeding to dressing
- Medical social workers who will offer counseling to both the patient and family
- Physical, occupational and speech therapist who will work with the physicians and nurses on continued care
- Counseling and bereavement support for patients of different faiths
- Volunteers who provide both companionship and assistance with a full range of errands
- On-call 24-hour support
We’re there when you need us in any language!
- Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese)
Aurora Hospice is committed to supporting your decisions about your life, your plan of care and will assist you in maintaining your dignity in ways that are most important to you.
Paying for Hospice Care
Insurance coverage for hospice care is available through Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plan and managed care programs. In some cases, we can also take commercial insurance programs to assist with hospice care. Contact us today to learn about our full range of professional care options.
Listed below are the insurances we currently accept.
· Independence Blue Cross
· Blue Choice
· AmeriHealth 65 (Medicare HMO)
· IBC Traditional/ Major Medical
· Personal Choice 65 (Medicare PPO)
· AmeriHealth Traditional Medical
· AmeriHealth Personal Choice (PPO)
· Health Partners
· Keystone Health Plan East (HMO)
· Keystone 65 (Medicare HMO)
· Keystone Health Plan East (POS)
· Keystone 65 Choice (Medicare POS)
· AmeriHealth HMO (HMO)
· Personal Choice (PPO)
· Aetna Better Health
· Aetna (Medicare PPO)
Your Care Plan Team
Physician services for the medical direction of the patient’s care, provided by either the patient’s personal physician or a physician affiliated with a hospice program
Registered Nurses & Licensed Practical Nurses
A hospice nurse provides hands-on nursing care around the clock in the patient’s home or at SNF/ALF. Hospice nurses manage pain and other symptoms, provide support to patients and families and assist in the process of death with dignity.
Certified Nursing Assistants
Certified Nursing Assistants provide personal care to the patients, help patients and family with practical needs, including medical equipment, light housekeeping, and feeding. They’re also available for emotional support. Hospice certified nursing assistants serve the patients under the supervision of the registered nurse and provide up-to-date medical reports to the supervisors.
Emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual support and services provided before and after the death of the patient to assist the family with issues related to grief, loss, and adjustment. Spiritual care counselors provide spiritual support for patients and family members across all types of religions, backgrounds, and cultures.
Hospice Social Workers
Hospice social workers care for and represent, both the patient and the family throughout the dying process, assisting with bereavement after the loved one has passed. Hospice social workers work to stabilize and increase the patient’s physical comfort, emotional comfort, mental state, spiritual state, and social stimulation. They also provide advanced care planning and assistance with funeral planning and legal documentation.
Hospice volunteers help provide patients and families with compassionate care and support during the end-of-life process. They provide companionship and support to the patient and family. They also provide simple comfort measures for a patient such as preparing light meals or carrying out light household tasks. Volunteers bring heartfelt energy, love, dedication, and compassion that enhance the professional skills of the rest of the patient care team.
Criteria for Hospice
Criteria for hospice: Patient has been diagnosed with a life-limiting condition with a prognosis of six months or less if their disease runs its normal course.