The Circle Home Hospice Program is a comprehensive, holistic service for patients whose illness has progressed beyond a need or desire for curative treatments. Hospice is a highly specialized program, providing physical and emotional care which is focused on the patient's comfort as well as support for family caregivers. Hospice focuses on enabling patients to live their remaining months with dignity and comfort, in the place they call home, surrounded by the people and things they love. Hospice helps patients to achieve a peaceful life closure, aligned to their values, wishes and needs. Hospice neither hastens nor delays natural death.
The Circle Home Hospice Program is delivered by a team of medical professionals: medical director, nurse, social worker, spiritual coordinator, volunteer, home health aide, bereavement specialist, and rehabilitation therapist if needed. The team makes periodic home visits to wherever the patient resides - in a private residence, in a family member's home, in an assisted living or a skilled nursing facility. A Circle Home hospice nurse is always available, 24 hours a day every day, and has access to our hospice Medical Director and pharmacy if needed.
The Circle Home Hospice Program is highly personalized to the patient and family. Hospice staff members are guided by the patient's and family's goals as they plan for and provide care. Patients often mention that they want to:
- Be relieved of pain and distressing symptoms
- Maintain their personal dignity
- Feel the comfort of loved ones
- Enjoy special moments
- Finish something important
- Achieve emotional and spiritual peace
- Experience a sense of completion
- Be assured that loved ones are supported
- Say a graceful goodbye
With years of experience and expertise, the Circle Home Hospice Program can help to make sure these goals are realized.
The Circle Home Hospice Program is usually covered by the patient's health insurance. We are able to directly bill Medicare, Medicaid, and many health insurance plans. In addition to care by the hospice team, hospice provides all medications and medical equipment and supplies related to the terminal illness. For uninsured patients, we offer a sliding scale payment plan, or we can provide care because of our community support. Our goal is that everyone who needs and wants hospice care will be able to receive it.