Since 1974, Connecticut Hospice Home Care nurses have served 132 cities and towns in Connecticut. On an average day, through four sites, 225 patients receive a mix of nursing, social work, medical, and pastoral care at home. Our home care program is divided into Stand By Me, a hon-hospice program for people in need of skilled nursing services who are still seeking conventional medical care such as chemo- and/or immunotherapy, and hospice home care, for those electing to stop conventional care and seek comfort oriented measures only. Quality, individualized care plans are created by our nurses in collaboration with other team members, hospice and palliative care physicians and advanced practice registered nurses, and our patients’ primary physicians. Often, other community health care and social service agencies are called on to help. When necessary, hospice and palliative care physicians or advanced practice registered nurses may visit patients at home to recommend changes in care. Medications are delivered to the homes of all of our hospice patients.
Such care requires constant assessment and re-evaluation as advanced disease progresses; with the goal of symptom management and quality of life always being primary. This coordinated approach allows patients to continue their lives at home whenever possible.
Unique to Connecticut Hospice, our 53 bed inpatient facility is available to all our home care patients, and new patients referred by families or our community partners. This facility, a licensed hospital, extends 24/7 expert level symptom management, including infused pain medications and rapid dose adjustment to those whose symptoms cannot be managed at home, and also offers medical treatment such as IV fluids and antibiotics to those no longer wishing routine hospitalization, but still seeking medical care, in a beautiful setting where quality of life comes first.
Our hospice nurses are also educators, helping patients and families understand their diseases and the medications used for their comfort, as well as teaching courses, lecturing, and educating visitors and nursing students and physician fellows in palliative medicine. And, they continue their own learning, seeking not only to provide outstanding, compassionate care, but to constantly improve the quality of care.