Who we are?
Vesta Hospice Inc. is dedicated to the provision of compassionate end-of-life care for patients in the comfort of their own home and to a skilled nursing facility (SNF). We understand that this stage may be difficult to overcome and Vesta Hospice Inc. aims to relieve pressures by creating a tranquil environment for both our patients and their families. Our staff consists of passionate, highly qualified healthcare professionals who deliver outstanding services that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At Vesta Hospice Inc., we value every moment of life and are committed to providing quality, ethical and professional health care services.
THE HOSPICE MISSION STATEMENT
We enter the lives of individuals faced with the realities of loss, death and grief, to offer expert care and education, while respecting each person’s choices, values and beliefs. We represent compassionate and diverse team of professionals dedicated to the holistic care of human beings regardless of setting. We aim to ease patient‘s sufferings, to make patients comfortable, and to help patient and their families feel peaceful at the most painful possible time in their lives. Easing suffering is more than pain; it also encompasses meeting emotional, spiritual and cultural needs — both patient and their families.
THE HOSPICE PHILOSOPHY
Hospice is a special way of caring for people with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The hospice concept is not new; in fact, hospices provide comfort, kindness and nourishment to people in need hundreds of years ago. Today, hospice programs offer comfort to people as they near the end of life's journey. We at VESTA HOSPICE INC work with patients and their families to achieve a safe and comfortable death, self determined life closure and effective grieving.
Hospice care is provided to those who, in consultation with their physicians, have decided that supportive rather than curative care is the goal. The focus of hospice is comfort and quality of life. Traditionally, hospice care is provided at home, where the patient is cared for by family members, friends or hired caregivers. When this is not possible, arrangements can be made for hospice care to be delivered in a skilled nursing facility, a residential care facility or other settings.
Patients and their families and friends experience many conﬂicting emotions when faced with a life- threatening illness — emotions such a fear, anger, loneliness and anxiety about the future. The hospice team helps both the patient and family cope with the experience of a life-threatening illness in all its dimensions - physical, practical, emotional and spiritual. All members of the team have unique knowledge and expertise that they contribute to the helping process.
Hospice afﬁrms a person's right to choice and control in decision-making. It is the role of the hospice team to present and discuss options with the patient and family, and to assist them in making informed decisions.
Basic to the concept of hospice is an acknowledgement that death is a part of life and a belief that there are opportunities for growth in all stages of life, including the last.
THE HOSPICE TEAM
The Registered Nurse is the coordinator of the hospice care team and works closely with the patient. caregivers, family members and the patient's physician to control pain and other physical symptoms. The nurse makes regularly scheduled visits to provide hands-on care, education and support. The nurse teaches physical comfort measures and medication administration, monitors the patient’s condition, and explains changes that are occurring and are expected to occur. A hospice nurse is available for telephone consultation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Hospice Social Worker assists the patient and family in coping with the psychological, emotional, social and ﬁnancial realities of a life-threatening illness. The social worker can provide individual and family counseling, information regarding community resources, eligibility requirements for additional services, guidance in preparing for a home death and help with funeral arrangements.
The Hospice Chaplain provides spiritual support to patients and families. This support includes individual care to those in need, regardless of belief or religious afﬁliation. The chaplain can provide or arrange for religious services when appropriate.
Home Health Aides are available to assist with the patient's personal care needs, such as bathing, linen changes and skin care.
The Registered Dietician is consulted when there are concerns or problems related to the patient’s nutritional needs.
Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists are available to patients on an as-needed basis as assessed by the hospice staff.
Hospice Volunteers are trained and supervised to assist patients and family members in a variety of ways, including respite for the caregiver, companionship, meal preparation, errands and emotional support.
The Hospice Bereavement Staff supports family members, friends and significant others who are experiencing loss and grief.