When caring for a family member with a terminal illness, families strive to make their loved one feel as comfortable, safe, and loved as possible. However, sometimes additional assistance is needed in the final stages of their loved one’s life. Arkansas Valley Hospice provides trusted end of life care by a team of trained caregivers and compassionate medical professionals who can work with you to ensure that your loved one’s final days are as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
Our hospice program’s mission is to provide medical, physical, spiritual, and emotional care to patients with terminal illness. We offer comprehensive comfort, emphasizing symptom control and pain management. We affirm the value of life in all its phases, believing that the final stage of life is as natural as the beginning. After all, death does not need to be frightening, painful, and lonely. Rather, it can be experienced richly, in an atmosphere of love and concern. That is why we offer our hospice services for anyone in and around La Junta, Colorado who can no longer benefit from or chooses not to receive further treatment.
There are several reasons to use hospice care in your loved one’s final days, including the following:
- It offers help and support for the patient and family 24/7.
- Patients receive in-house services by a nurse, social worker, and hospice team.
- The needs of the patient and family are addressed, including all medical, social, psychological, and spiritual needs.
- Caregivers consider the entire family, not just the patient, as a Unit of Care, and bereavement services are included.
- Hospice focuses on palliative, rather than curative treatment, with an emphasis on quality of life, rather than length of life.
- Care emphasizes quality of life, rather than length of life.
- Hospice is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance.
- Bereavement services are included.
T.A.S.C. (Palliative Care) stands for Treatment and Symptom Coordination and focuses on patient education and collaborating with the primary physician. T.A.S.C. is a short-term program and is appropriate at any stage of illness, and patients do not need to be receiving hospice care to receive T.A.S.C. benefits. The patient’s primary physician will continue to direct the patient’s care while we help to support the patient’s quality of life during the final phases of life. T.A.S.C. works with the primary care physician to establish care goals for the patient and family, emphasizing symptoms of the disease, which includes an evaluation of the patient’s overall well-being. The goal of T.A.S.C. is to decrease office visits and re-hospitalization of patients.
Benefits of TASC
- Works with primary physician to establish care goals for patient and family.
- Includes an evaluation of overall well-being.
- Emphasizes symptoms of disease process.
- Decreases office visits and re-hospitalizations.
The mission of the Arkansas Valley Hospice Respite Care Program is to help our patients maintain independence, dignity, and quality of life. Our team focuses on compassionate care by allowing them to remain safely in their homes, even if they don’t qualify or have need for other services. It is important to note that this program is not a skilled service. Providers may assist with daily living activities, like meal preparation, shopping, bed changing, and light cleaning. The provided hours of service will vary depending on the patient’s identified needs.
Each client will receive a personalized plan of care to maximize safety and independence and will be treated with respect and dignity. The respite care services are grant-funded and provided in the Arkansas Valley Hospice service area, regardless of the client’s ethnicity, religion, gender, or socioeconomic status, and will be received on a first-come, first-serve basis. Restrictions will only apply if adequate funding is not readily available. We do offer priority service to those individuals who are deemed to be most in need of assistance, based on an evaluation by the AVH Respite Care Coordinator(s).
Let us know if you are interested in a consultation and evaluation, or if you are interested in becoming an Arkansas Valley Hospice Respite Provider.
The declining health or passing of a loved one affects not just that person, but their family and caregivers as well. If you have difficulty making decisions, find yourself crying uncontrollably, or you can’t sleep at night, you might be in need of counseling and grief support. We specialize in helping family members overcome feelings of guilt, emptiness, and loneliness, as well as listlessness and lack of energy. Our bereavement services are always offered at no charge to anyone experiencing a loss.
Grief Support Services
We offer grief support services to individuals and their families who may be coping with grief. Our support focuses on the three Cs (Coffee, Comfort, and Conversation), and meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month in the Arkansas Valley Hospice conference room at 10 a.m. Our counselors are trained in grief support and offer personal counseling to individuals and families following the death of a loved one. We offer this counseling to anyone in the community at any time.
Our counselors are trained in providing grief support to individuals and their families following the death of a loved one. We offer counseling to anyone in the community at any time.
Follow-Up Bereavement Services
Additionally, we can provide 13 months or more of follow-up bereavement services to families and friends of patients in the hospice program, including cards, calls, and visits. To us, caring for a patient also means caring for their family, even after the patient has passed.
To learn more about end of life care and how Arkansas Valley Hospice can assist your loved one and family members, contact us online or call us directly at (719) 384-8827 to speak with a member of our care team.