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The Hospice Promise

Perhaps the most stressful time in the life of a family is learning that a loved one’s illness is beyond medical cure. Fear of pain and isolation, and the loss of hope may seem overwhelming. For over thirty years, Trinity Center for Hospice and Palliative Care has been committed to providing quality end-of-life care. The hospice promise is one that assures comfort, restores hope and instills confidence in a life-affirming atmosphere. Hallmarks of Hospice include:

  • Medical care directed by the patient’s physician
  • Advanced management of pain and other troubling symptoms
  • Education, support and assistance for caregivers
  • Respect for individual family beliefs and decisions

Trinity’s Mission

Trinity Hospice was founded in 1979 as a department of St. Joseph Hospital — now Trinity Hospital of Augusta. The program was one of the first hospices in the Southeastern United States to champion the special needs of those living with a terminal illness. Our goal is to address the unique physical, social, emotional and spiritual concerns of patients and their loved ones. The work of Hospice and Palliative Care exemplifies Trinity’s faith-based mission. Individuals are treated with dignity and respect regardless of age, race, religion, sex, national origin or financial resources.

Hospice Treatment Goals

Hospice and Palliative Care is appropriate when diagnostic and curative interventions are no longer effective in slowing down a disease process, or if the burden of treatment far outweighs its benefit. After carefully considering medical options, the patient and physician may decide to modify the treatment goal to one that focuses on comfort rather than cure. Although it is scientifically impossible to predict exact life expectancy, the point in time to consider Hospice is when life expectancy is thought of in terms of months rather than years — if the terminal illness runs its normal course.

The Hospice philosophy strongly focuses on life and living in spite of incurable illness. Every effort is made to maximize patient comfort. The patient’s physician and our Hospice Team help determine if an individual is appropriate for Hospice. At any point after admission, should treatment goals or prognosis change, the patient may be discharged and possibly readmitted at a later time.

Palliative Consultation

While Hospice focuses on needs of the terminally ill, Palliative Care has a broader scope — serving chronically ill patients at any point during the course of treatment. Consultation with our Palliative Care Team may be indicated when pain and symptom management is a significant concern, medical goals are unclear or undecided, or there is a desire to avoid hospitalization. Palliative Care services are designed to assist patients in understanding various treatment options and effectively work with their physician to develop the most appropriate plan of care. Patients who may benefit from Palliative Care include those suffering from cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, AIDS, ALS and multiple sclerosis.

Our interdisciplinary Palliative Care service is available to any patient hospitalized at Trinity Hospital. A patient or caregiver may request to meet with a member of the Palliative Care Team, since a physician order is not required.

Interdisciplinary Services

“When can I go home?” is the question most often asked by hospitalized patients. The interdisciplinary hospice team paves the way for our hospice patients to be cared for in the comfort and security of their own home. Team members carefully identify and address patient and family concerns and needs. An important function of the team is to prepare family members for the important caregiver function. Team members make scheduled intermittent visits, but patients and families are secure in knowing that a nurse, chaplain, and physician are on-call 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The Hospice Interdisciplinary Team includes:

Nurse

Nursing Assistant

Physical Therapist

Social Worker

Homemaker Aide

Occupational Therapist

Physician

Counselor

Speech Therapist

Chaplain

Volunteer

Dietician

Hospice Inpatient Care and Hospitalization

Although the majority of hospice care is provided in the home, hospitalization may be necessary to manage acute symptoms or to give a respite break for caregivers. Trinity Hospital’s Hospice and Palliative Care Unit provides services in a warm, home-like environment. As the first inpatient hospice unit in the CSRA, our unit offers patients and family members comfort and care for the mind, body and soul. Contractual arrangements for inpatient care are also available at many area hospitals.

Hospice in Nursing Facilities

Home for some is a nursing home or long term care facility. Our Hospice Interdisciplinary Team enhances care of terminally ill patients through specialized care planning, increased patient contact, consultation with staff and support to family. Trinity Hospice serves a number of facilities throughout the service area.

Payment for Hospice

Reimbursement for Hospice services comes from Medicare, Medicaid and most federal, military and private insurance plans. A sliding-fee scale determines cost for the uninsured. No one has ever been refused services by Trinity Hospice because of inability to pay. In addition to all team services, the vast majority of hospice insurance plans include:

  • Medications approved for management of symptoms related to the terminal diagnosis
  • Customary medical supplies and equipment
  • Hospitalization for respite and acute symptom management

Service Area

Trinity Hospice provides services in 13 counties. In Georgia: Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Jefferson, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren and Wilkes; and in South Carolina: Aiken, Barnwell and Edgefield.

Referrals

Trinity Center for Hospice and Palliative Care accepts referrals from healthcare professionals and family members or potential patients. Trinity receives patients from all area hospitals. Because transitioning to Hospice care may be difficult, a consultation with a member of the Hospice Team may assist the patient and family make an informed decision. To obtain more information about Hospice services, initiate a referral or request a consultation visit, contact Trinity Center for Hospice and Palliative Care:

706-729-6000

800-533-3949

706-729-6450 Fax

Bereavement Support

A unique aspect of Hospice is a wide-range of individualized services offered to bereaved loved ones. Family members may receive a series of educational letters, supportive phone calls and visits, group meetings, individual counseling, special intervention for children and referrals to community resources. Trinity also provides bereavement services at no charge to community individuals not served by Hospice.

Trinity Center for Hospice and Palliative Care

Local:

706-729-6000

Toll-Free:

800-533-3949

Fax:

706-729-6454

Joint Commission Accredited
Georgia Hospice License 121-0273-H
South Carolina Hospice License HPC-116

 
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