To provide appropriate continuity of care for the patient and family through a centrally administered program which includes home care, respite, short term inpatient care, a continuous level of care, and bereavement and grief follow-up.
To provide the patient with the option to choose to remain in the home environment for the entirety of their illness.
- To allow the patient to pass away quietly, peacefully, and with a sense of dignity and fulfillment.
- To strengthen the relationships between the person in hospice and those closest to them.
- To show respect for each person’s life wishes by exhibiting professional and empathetic behavior.
- To maintain a high level of patient and family participation in the choice of appropriate care through developing and implementing an effective and individualized plan of care.
- To relieve the patient from pain and symptoms, no matter the cause – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, financial, etc. – and the accompanying anguish and anxiety.
- To serve as an advocate for the patient and family in assisting them to achieve their desired goals.
- To alleviate the stresses that some experience in an institution away from a familiar and home-like setting.
- To provide a support system for staff members and their patients which will facilitate optimum patient/family care.
- To mobilize and use the energies and resources within the community to better meet the needs of terminally ill patients and their families.