Hospice Care at Home
Grove Park Hospice is a family owned and operated Hospice agency in the area. Caring for you and your family is our only priority! Grove Park Hospice is under the same ownership and management as Grove Park Pharmacy and Home Medical Equipment. Our pharmacy has provided excellent service to this community for 30 years! The citizens of Orangeburg and surrounding towns have voted us “Best of the Best” for 22 years.
Grove Park Hospice’s partnership with pharmacy and home medical equipment eliminates concerns regarding quality of service and provides Hospice staff immediate 24-hour access to medications and medical equipment needed to care for Hospice patients. This means giving you the care you need faster than any other hospice organization.
What is Hospice Care
Hospice care is a special kind of care that focuses on the quality of life for people and their caregivers who are experiencing an advanced, life-limiting illness. Hospice care provides compassionate care for people in the last phases of incurable disease so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible.
The term hospice is frequently misunderstood and is equated in many persons’ minds with imminent death. On the contrary, hospice care focuses on quality of life, on the wishes of the patient and family, and on easing distress at the end of life and the months preceding death.
Grove Park Hospice prioritizes comfort and quality of life by reducing pain and suffering. Hospice care provides an alternative to therapies focused on life-prolonging measures that may be difficult, and likely to cause more symptoms, or are not aligned with a person’s goals.
Is accepting hospice care giving up?
This seems to be the understanding of many people. However, there is another way to look at it.
In many ways choosing hospice is the opposite of giving up; choosing hospice is actively choosing to have a voice and some control during the last stages of one’s life. Instead of being pushed around by the processes and procedures of the healthcare system, we can choose care that is aligned with our values and priorities.
What are the Levels of Hospice?
Hospice Care at Home – Our Specialty
Once a patient has accepted hospice care, they will receive compassionate care dedicated to increasing their comfort and quality of life. This may include:
- Pain management
- Symptom management
- Emotional and spiritual counseling for the patient and family
- Assistance with personal care such as bathing or dressing.
- Nutritional services to maintain strength throughout treatment
- Therapeutic services like massage therapy for additional comfort
- Most of these activities can happen as needed during the hospice process.
Continuous Hospice Care
This is often referred to as “crisis care”, continuous hospice care may be required when a patient has a medical crisis or when their pain or other issues require more intense management.
Continuous home care may be provided only during a period of crisis as necessary to maintain an individual at home. A period of crisis is a period in which a patient requires continuous care which is predominantly nursing care to achieve palliation or management of acute medical symptoms.
The hospice must provide a minimum of 8 hours of nursing, and hospice aide during a 24-hour day, which begins and ends at midnight. This care need not be continuous, e.g., 4 hours could be provided in the morning and another 4 hours in the evening. In addition to the 8 hour minimum, the services provided must be predominantly nursing care
Hospice Care in a Facility or Hospital Setting
Hospice care in a special hospice facility or hospital setting may be necessary if a patient’s symptoms can no longer be managed at home. The goal is to control severe pain and stabilize symptoms so that the patient can return home, if possible. Some patients and families may choose to spend their last days in a special facility or hospital, as a safe place to be together.
Providing exceptional Hospice Care for seniors and families in Orangeburg, Santee, Holly Hill, Branchville, Bowman, Brookdale, Wilkinson Heights, Bamberg, Denmark, St. Matthews, Orangeburg County, Bamberg County and Calhoun County in South Carolina
These short stays can provide a break for family caregivers while allowing those on hospice care to receive appropriate, 24-7 medical and symptom management.
No matter what stage or location your hospice care takes place, the ultimate goal is to offer compassionate medical care and emotional support that adheres to the wishes of the patient and family.
Why Choose Grove Park Hospice Care?
Experienced and Caring Hospice, Pharmacy, and Medical Equipment Staff
- Our Grove Park family is faithfully dedicated to restoring dignity, offering hope and providing comfort.
- Our Executive Director has over 25 years of experience providing leadership and management for hospices.
- Our Director of Patient Care has over 25 years of experience in nursing and management experience.
- Our Registered Nurses have specialized training in pain and symptom management as well as the ability to communicate compassionately with family members in a time of crisis.
- Our Licensed Social Workers and Chaplain have the privilege of supporting individuals and families during some of the most universal ‐ and vulnerable ‐ life experiences: coping with serious illness, facing one’s mortality, the dying process, and bereavement are just some of their specialties.
- Our Certified Nursing Assistants are our quiet heroes, providing the most intimate and personal tasks of assisting patients with bathing, feeding, turning the bedbound, changing linens, ensuring a clean and comfortable living space, all while giving reassurance and emotional support to the patient and their family.
- Our Physician (Medical Director Dr. Lamar Dawkins) provides medical oversight for the team.
- Our Pharmacist (PharmD) helps ensure optimal medication management for our patients.
- Our Respiratory Therapists are on staff at Grove Park and available for consultations as needed.
- Our Licensed Nurse Practitioner performs home visits.
Does Medicare Pay for Hospice Care at Home?
Yes, Medicare covers 100% of Hospice Care administered by a Medicare-Certified Hospice Organization like Grove Park Hospice.
The caring and compassionate staff at Grove Park Hospice will assist you and your family with questions, paperwork, and anything needed to satisfy these requirements.
To qualify for hospice care, a hospice doctor and your doctor (if you have one) must certify that you’re terminally ill, meaning you have a life expectancy of about 6 months or less.
When you agree to hospice care, you’re agreeing to comfort care (palliative care) instead of care to cure your illness.
You also must sign a statement choosing the Medicare Hospice Benefit instead of other benefits Medicare covers.
The Medicare Hospice Benefit includes:
- All items and services needed for pain relief and symptom management
- Medical, nursing, and social services
- Drugs for pain management
- Durable medical equipment for pain relief and symptom management
- Aide and homemaker services
- Other covered services you need to manage your pain and other symptoms, as well as spiritual and grief counseling for you and your family.
- Medicare-certified hospice care is usually given in your home or other facility where you live.