Compassionate, Dignified Care and Comfort
We understand that making decisions about hospice care is difficult for patients and their families.
Beth Israel Lahey Health At Home provides personalized care to meet the needs of patients with advanced illnesses. Our coordinated hospice services ensure that patients and their loved ones receive care from compassionate and experienced providers with specialized knowledge in managing symptoms and providing emotional, spiritual and bereavement support based on patient wishes.
When you choose Beth Israel Lahey Health At Home hospice services, you choose exceptional care delivered with compassion by a team dedicated to the comfort and well-being of you or your loved one.
Hospice is a form of specialized care that helps you or your loved one to maintain the highest quality of life possible while providing comfort for symptoms related to terminal conditions. To receive hospice services, a physician will verify that the patient meets specific eligibility criteria. Hospice is usually advised when an illness no longer responds to cure-focused treatment or when life expectancy is six months or less. Hospice does not hasten death; it eases one of the most challenging transitions patients can undergo.
Your hospice care team may include:
- Your primary care physician
- A registered nurse (RN) case manager
- Certified home health aides trained to assist patients with daily activities
- Social workers
- Spiritual care and bereavement counselors, including grief counseling and healing resources up to 13 months after a patient’s passing, and other supportive services
- Trained volunteers who offer comfort and support
You may also receive care from other qualified professionals, including physical, occupational and speech therapists.
When hospice services are initiated, a designated nurse case manager will assess your needs, recommend any necessary services and equipment, and help make arrangements to acquire them.
Our hospice staff is on call for emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our hospice care team will provide regularly scheduled visits to your home based on your needs; however, our services do not include 24/7 in-home care.
We understand that patients prefer to be at home during their final days. Our goal is to support the highest quality of life possible and provide patients and families with the support needed to carry out their individual goals.
Hospice care works to maintain the highest quality of life possible while providing comfort for patients dealing with terminal conditions. It is usually advised when an illness no longer responds to cure-focused treatment or when life expectancy is six months or less.
Palliative care focuses on relieving the physical and emotional symptoms associated with a serious illness. The condition may or may not be terminal.
We encourage you to speak with your insurance carrier about financial coverage. Typically, however, Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies cover hospice care.
You can receive hospice services wherever you call home, including assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities. When you’re ready to begin hospice care, a nurse case manager will assess your needs and coordinate with team members to ensure your care goals are met.
For those who require more care than can be provided at home, or when living at home is not an option, our Hospice Residence provides 24/7 care in a comfortable, home-like setting.
For information about Beth Israel Lahey Health At Home hospice services, or to schedule a visit at our Sawtelle Family Hospice House, please contact us at 781-756-2488.