A Homestead registered nurse will prepare a plan of action during the first week of admission based on the patient’s disease-specific symptoms that could result in a crisis. This exclusive program offered through Homestead is the anticipatory Homestead Symptom Pathway for Crisis Management. The pathway details possible symptoms that could occur as they relate to the patient’s specific disease. The bedside document provides step-by-step for what the caregiver can do to alleviate the patient’s symptoms until a Homestead team member arrives. The proactive plan of action is reviewed with the caregiver and family, fostering a peace of mind and a sense of relief about what to possibly expect.
Homestead’s Transitional Care
To assist with a smooth transition home from a hospital discharge, a Homestead's transitional care member — part of what's known as the Butterfly Team — will teach, guide and assist with caring for the patient. A main focus of the hospice professional during this transitional-care period is to assist the family as they adjust to this new phase of caring for their loved one. Transitional Care can aid in preventing re-hospitalization, which can alleviate the added stress for the patient and caregiver.
Homestead’s Watch List
If the patient starts to show a decline or symptom(s) worsen, they will be placed on the Homestead Watch List. Being on the Watch List will not take the place of continuous or in-patient levels of care, but it adds yet another layer of support through:
- Increased nursing visits
- Increased monitoring by the dedicated team through telecare
- Additional phone call(s) to the caregiver and the family to report the status of the patient's symptoms
This is the highest level of care, and it provides short-term management of pain or symptoms wherever the patient resides until a crisis has passed. While a patient receives Continuous Care, is made by a Homestead Registered Nurse gives a daily evaluation of the patient and discusses a plan of care will be discussed with the Physician and core team.
General In-patient (GIP) Care
Patients may be admitted for short-term general inpatient care when the Physician and hospice interdisciplinary team believes the patient needs pain control or symptom management that cannot be provided in other settings. Inpatient care is re-assessed every 24 hours. Evaluations and approval of the plan of care is completed with the interdisciplinary team.
A Homestead Hospice team member is available to answer any questions you may have and to set-up a private consultation.