Caring and compassionate hospice services for terminally ill patients and their families
Harbor Light Hospice – Highland Heights
734-C Alpha Drive
Highland Heights, OH, 44143
Harbor Light Hospice is.
A philosophy of care, that assists patients, family, and friends, during the final stages of a terminal illness. Harbor Light Hospice promotes dignity and emphasizes quality of life for those who choose to die in familiar surroundings with those they love. Hospice services can be provided at home, a skilled nursing facility or an assisted living center.
Caring and Compassionate Services
Our Hospice Team at Harbor Light Hospice provides caring and compassionate services to terminally ill patients and their families. We believe that the final phase of life can be filled with quality and love, so that death may be met with dignity and in comfort.
Harbor Light Hospice
Harbor Light Hospice uses a team approach to provide quality hospice services to patients and families throughout our service areas.
We have become the hospice provider of choice because of our reputation for impeccable customer service, friendly and comforting staff, and unique delivery methods that meet the medical, physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of its patients and families.
Reimbursement sources for services include Medicare, Medicaid, Private Insurance, and Private Pay and, we do not deny services based on inability to pay.
Our employees and volunteers are known as experts in the field of end-of-life care, as well as, for the grace and ease with which they achieve positive outcomes.
Harbor Light Hospice Settings…
Patient and family needs vary while in the hospice program. Harbor Light Hospice provides two alternatives to the home care setting in order to meet each patient and family's needs.
Nursing Care Facilities: Patients residing in nursing care facilities may receive Harbor Light Hospice services. If the patient is eligible for the hospice benefit, the nursing care facility is designated as the patient's residence and the nursing staff as the primary care giver.
In-Patient Care: If temporary hospitalization is required for pain or symptom control, or respite care is needed for family; hospice offers special in-patient hospice facilities.
Harbor Light Hospice Qualities…
Harbor Light Hospice provides personalized care directed at helping the patient and family handle the entire range of physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs when a loved one is dying. With a focus on comfort rather than curative care, Harbor Light Hospice emphasizes relief of physical symptoms and emotional support. Our care centers on:
- Pain and symptom control
- Spiritual support as needed
- Bereavement support for families and friends
- Emotional support
- 24 hour on call, 7 days a week availability
Harbor Light Referrals…
Referrals to the Harbor Light Hospice program should be made as early in the terminal phase as possible. Early referrals (months before death versus days before death) provide the patient and family more opportunity to work through the following issues: grief, symptom management, financial, and personal arrangements. The final phase of life can be filled with quality and love, so death may be met with dignity. Patients, family, physicians, nurses, social workers or discharge planning/case managers may call (800) 419-0542 for more information regarding Harbor Light Hospice services.
The Hospice Team
The hospice core team consists of a nurse, certified nursing assistant, volunteer, chaplain, social worker, and medical director. The social worker performs the role of a counselor with the dying process of the resident, the residents' family and extended family. They often spend time with small children, to assist them with understanding the impending death. The chaplain's role is to establish or reconnect the resident with his or her own religious roots. This may be with the resident's family's religious affiliation, especially if the resident has moved to be closer to family members. The RN focuses much expertise on pain control and symptom management with the dying process. The nurse and hospice medical director, serve as a communication link between the resident, the family, physician, and attending physician. The issues addressed may include medication choices, determining the medical benefits of hydration or choosing not to artificially hydrate a person. The extension of the interdisciplinary team members include the C.N.A. who can spend extra time bathing, writing notes to friends and escorting the resident on walks. The volunteer can be a special friend, taking time to talk to or to read to the resident. The extra attention from the entire team promotes quality of life and dignity throughout the last moments of life. The entire team also supports the staff at the facility, in their grief, throughout the dying process. Hospice may also call in specialists such as a dietician or a therapist to meet the specialized needs of a dying person.
The Hospice Provides…
Hospice provides all hospice diagnosis-related medication, including all pain control and symptom control measures. Additionally, hospice provides medical equipment and supplies, helpful to controlling symptoms. For example, in hospice we know that people who are dying often do not assimilate nutrition in the same way they used to and their skin breaks down much easier. Hospice can, when deemed necessary, provide for equipment that would prevent these skin breakdowns. Without hospice services, this would have to be paid for by the family. The facility must balance the need for equipment and supplies with what the family can afford to pay. Hospice is able to help meet most of these needs.
The Hospice Strives…
Hospice strives to bring conclusion and acceptance to a person's life process. The team provides support for the resident, and all of the caregivers, including the patients' family, extended family and the staff of the nursing home.