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Community Hospice of Northeast Florida 4266 Sunbeam Road Jacksonville, FL 32257 Telephone: 268-5200, 800-274-6614 Fax Number: 268-8453 Web site: www.communityhospice.com Days and Hours of Operations: 24 hours/7 days

To provide quality, compassionate, cost effective care for terminally ill patients and their families, residing in our service area. Bereavement groups ongoing.

What is Hospice?

1. Hospice care provides medical, physical and psychological support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatment.

2. Hospice is a concept. Hospice care can be received in a patientís or family memberís home, at a hospital or at a special facility.

3. Hospice care can also provide support and training to the caregivers, family and friends.

When Should a Patient Begin Hospice Care?

Patients can begin hospice care when life expectancy is estimated to be approximately six months. The starting date is decided by the patient's physician. Before considering hospice care, a patient must clearly understand and accept that the life-ending illness will not be aggressively treated.

Ask the patientís physicians and hospital social workers about the best care options for the patient, family and friends.

What Kinds of Hospice Care Are Available?

1. Home care

* 80 percent of hospice patients are cared for in a home setting, whether it is at their own home or a friend or family memberís home, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

* Family members and friends take an active role as caregivers for the patient.

* The hospice team provides service visits to the home and a hospice worker is on call 24 hours a day.

2. Inpatient care

* If a patientís condition and symptoms are difficult to manage, he or she may be cared for in an inpatient facility. This is similar to a hospital setting or may be affiliated with a hospital.

3. Respite care

* Respite care is when family members and friends need temporary relief from the caregiving role. Hospice team members come to a home or facility (for a few hours or days) to provide caregiving and other services.

* A patient might also be moved to a hospice or nursing home facility in order to provide respite care.

4. Continuous home care

* Home care with hospice workers providing care around-the-clock.

Hospice care is team-oriented with an emphasis on emotional and spiritual caretaking as well as allievating a patient's symptoms and pain. Hospice care often includes:

* Nursing services
* Physician services
* Home health aide and homemaker services
* Spiritual support; grief, bereavement and other counseling
* Physical, occupational, and speech/language therapy
* Trained volunteers
* Medicine for controlling pain and other symptoms
* Medical supplies and appliances
* Continuous care at home during periods of crisis
* Short-term inpatient care * Medical social services ó a social worker can provide advice and counseling to the patient and family members