When the prognosis is irreversible illness, the issues to be addressed spiral beyond the physical. They encompass the complex range of human emotions, be they anger, denial, hopelessness, or fear.
The intense assessment of one or all of these needs to be met and plans of care to be satisfied, sometimes require coming to the palliative hospital-hospice for more intense treatment. Families who need this for their loved ones, are able to stay overnight with accommodating amenities.
Our rating of 100 percent compliance, without recommendations for improvement, reflects our commitment to the highest ratio of care between nurses and patients in the country. Our nurses are the most highly educated nurses through our Norma F. Pfriem International Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing Program.
At The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., nurses blend their highly specialized skills and a rigorous dedication to their work with a sensitive awareness of the physical and emotional needs that surround an irreversible illness. Their unique contributions have made The Connecticut Hospice a leader in hospice care in the United States. Medically directed interdisciplinary care, given by a team of trained professionals and coordinated by the Hospice nurse, represents the very best our health care system can give to our patients and families.
Through the team approach, Hospice helps patients and families attain optimum quality of life with frequent and daily interdisciplinary rounds, physician and clinical pharmacy rounds daily and house calls by physicians.
Our Pet Therapy Program is a must for our patients that need an unconditional hug.
The task is challenging, and far more than a technical or methodical one. It demands recognition of the patient’s psychological, spiritual, emotional and physical needs, observation of family dynamics, and respect for cultural, ethnic and religious differences. Our nurses are #1, not just in terms of their clinical skill sets, but in their ability to respond with compassion to each new situation arising for each new patient/family.
At Connecticut Hospice, a patient’s care plan is individually designed and based on clinical assessment and careful the documentation of symptoms. Patients who are critically ill and whose conditions are rapidly changing require constant attention and assessment.
The focus of Connecticut Hospice nursing process is on the patient and family. They are – together – one unit of care. No patient is assessed in isolation from his or her family. Family dynamics are as carefully assessed as other factors impacting a patient’s physical and mental well-being. Patients and their families retain a voice in the care plan; they give, as well as, receive care.
As the patient and family’s personal link to the rest of the caregiving team, the Hospice nurse coordinates the many details of the caregiving process. A highly supportive environment allows questions about the illness, its progress, and treatment to be discussed freely and honestly. Families need not only someone to listen to them, but also someone to accurately interpret and explain the changes in the patient. It takes some time and patience to establish a level of trust. As the patients become more critical, time spent with the family increases. There must be time to confer with other team members to ensure that all the parameters contributing to the status of the patient are considered.
This is true whether the patient is cared for at home or in the hospital-hospice. Many people with an irreversible illness wish to remain at home, and The Connecticut Hospice strives to provide the most appropriate setting for care. Hospice home care nurses provide quality care in the patient’s own environment.