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homehealthDRMC Hospice is a part of DuBois Regional Medical Center.

A team of people who understand.
When a loved one is terminally ill, the family often feels frustrated and helpless. Through DRMC Hospice, families and loved ones work alongside a team of qualified professionals to provide the care, love and attention that are so very important.

All hospice activities are supervised by the hospice medical directoróa physician who understands the nature of the illness and serves as a consultant for pain, symptom management and care plan development. The interdisciplinary plan of care is carried out by a team of specially trained hospice professionals and volunteers who visit the home. Registered nurses assess the needs of the patient and coordinate care. The nurse provides instruction and support to the patient and family in all areas of patient care.

Also, a variety of professionals are available to assist in every possible way. Social workers provide a link to community outreach service. Pastoral counselors offer spiritual and emotional support. Personal care aides help with day-to-day activities such as bathing, grooming and light homemaking.

Other professionals are available whenever the need arises, and trained hospice volunteers work hand-in-hand to provide the maximum amount of support and care for the patient and family.

The DRMC Hospice staff is sensitive to the needs of both patient and family and will provide for short-term hospital admission if necessary. Because every case is different, the care plan is reviewed regularly, and any necessary changes are made by the DRMC Hospice staff. The hospice nursing staff is available 24 hours every day to provide necessary care and reassurance.

Hospice cares for the family.
Since DRMCís Hospice program is centered on caring, not curing, there is no limit to the comfort that hospice can provide. By working with your hospice team, you will learn the best way to keep your loved one alert and active, if possible, as well as realized and comfortable.

Keeping the patient free from pain is always a primary concern. A DRMC Hospice nurse collaborates with the hospice medical director and the patientís physician to assure the use of appropriate medicines and educate the family on various aspects of pain management.

DRMC Hospice makes available the necessary supplies, equipment and drugs, as prescribed by the patientís physician.

The DRMC Hospice team continues to offer support after the death of a loved one. Through a special bereavement program, professionals and volunteers are available to help the family throughout the grieving process.

Can Hospice make a difference for you?
DRMCís certified hospice program has been reaching out to terminally ill patients and their families since 1991. Since then, it has helped many families appreciate the riches of life and cope with the eventuality of death.

DRMC Hospice services are available to all individuals with a limited life expectancy without regard to age, race, religious creed, national origin, handicap or ability to pay. In order to be accepted into the DRMC Hospice program, the patient must live within an approximate 35 to 50 mile radius of DuBois Regional Medical Center and be under the care of a physician.

Most insurance plans cover hospice care. DRMC Hospice is a Medicare-certified program providing benefits to Medicare Part A participants. Medical assistance also provides coverage for DRMC Hospice care.

For more information, please call (814) 375-3300. A DRMC Hospice representative will be happy to describe the hospice program in detail and answer any questions you may have regarding your particular situation.

Why DRMC Hospice care can make a difference.
Hospice has always been associated with special care. Hundreds of years ago, a hospice was a place where travelers, as well as the sick, could go to receive individualized care for their bodies, minds and souls. Today, the hospice program at DuBois Regional Medical Center provides comprehensive home care designed to meet the physical, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients and their families.

The primary goal of DRMC Hospice is to enhance the quality of life for a terminally ill person and to help the family throughout the loss of a loved one. DRMC Hospice is a home care service that allows patients to remain in a familiar, loving environment and have the opportunity to spend his or her final days in comfort, dignity and peace.

Other special services of DRMC Hospice:

Community training programs
Pain and symptom management
Support groups
24-hour on-call service
Bereavement program
Memorial services
Hospice Medicare/Medicaid benefits*
Volunteers

*Includes supplies, equipment, prescribed drugs.

Please call to discuss how DRMC Hospice can help you: (814) 375-3300 24 hours a day.

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