Our Hospice Services
Hospice provides comfort and emotional support to terminally ill patients and their families. Comfort care and symptom control is a primary focus of the hospice team. Hospice care approaches death as a normal process and helps patients to manage pain and other symptoms to allow them to live as fully and comfortably as possible. Hospice services are provided wherever the patient calls 'home.'
Care is provided by a team of professionals who address the medical, nursing, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family.
To speak with one of our talented team members, call 830.774.4580.
Your physician and the hospice team, including the medical director, work together to plan and provide your hospice care.
Our hospice nurses focus on comfort care and symptom management to keep pain to a minimum and increase quality of life. The hospice nurse makes home visits to monitor and evaluate the patient's condition, notifies the physician of any changes, provides the patient and family with information about the illness, and assesses the patient for pain and symptoms of the disease. Nurses are on call 24 hours daily, 365 days a year.
Medical social worker
Our social worker focus is on individual needs providing psychological and emotional support, helping our patients and their families navigate their quality of life issues.
A chaplain coordinates the spiritual and pastoral needs of the patient and his or her family. The hospice chaplain helps patients with end-of-life issues.
Hospice aides help the patient with personal care, bathing, position changes and activities of daily living.
Volunteers offer companionship for the patient and their caregiver, providing emotional support and comfort.
Grief support is offered to hospice families for one year after the death of a loved one.
Hospice will provide medical equipment and medication needed to maintain comfort.
Hospice admission criteria:
In order to be admitted to hospice, a patient must:
- Have a terminal condition in which the life expectancy is judged to be six months or less by the attending physician.
- Choose hospice care.
- Have a designated caregiver.
Hospice services are covered by:
- Private insurance.
No patient will be refused our hospice services due to lack of financing.
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Hospice of Val Verde Regional Medical Center has accreditation from the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP). We encourage patients and family members to notify CHAP of any unresolved concerns, complaints or grievances about patient care and safety that the agency does not address. You may call the CHAP Hotline at 1.800.656.9656.