The 2019 National Nurses Week theme is “4 Million Reasons to Celebrate” a nod to nurses’ sheer numbers and an open invitation to #ThankaNurse for enriching our lives and the world we live in. Hospice of Southern Illinois would like to extend a special thanks to our nurses as they continue to provide the highest level of quality care to our patients. Head over to social media, share a photo, and include the national hashtag, #ThankaNurse, and our local hashtag, #OurHeartBeatsBurgundy, to show your support (and 4 million reasons) for Hospice of Southern Illinois’ nurses and nurses everywhere for the compassionate work they do!
Do you know the role of a hospice nurse?
Did you know the role of a hospice nurse includes assessments, education, symptom management, medication management, personal care, support, and more. With a job more personal than most, they also ensure the respect and dignity of the people they care for, including the support circle, family and friends around them. The Burgundy Team of nurses, trained in end-of-life care, offer compassionate care and symptom management to alleviate the suffering associated with terminal illness. Additionally, Hospice of Southern Illinois has a dedicated Admission Team who provides assessments, immediate support and education to patients and families who are learning about hospice care or making choices about if end-of-life care is right for them.
Nurses offer many different types of care depending on the needs of the patient and family. The four levels of care include: Routine Home Care, Continuous Care, Respite Care, and General Inpatient Care.
Four Levels of Care for Patients
- Routine Home Care: Ongoing end-of-life care
- Continuous Care: Short-term crisis care
- Respite Care: Short-term caregiver relief
- General Inpatient Care: Temporary intensive care that cannot feasibly be provided in a non-hospital setting.
Anyone can make a referral to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Calling for hospice care sooner can provide assistance with getting pain and symptoms under control quickly, caregiver relief, durable medical equipment and supplies, medication management, free resources, additional support, and family planning. Nurses at Hospice of Southern Illinois provide on-call support 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. It’s never too early to learn about how hospice can help, before crisis strikes. Call with no obligation today, 1-800-233-1708, or visit our website for free resources, www.hospice.org/community.