For patients who have life-limiting illnesses or health conditions, Allied Services Hospice is committed to delivering the highest standard of palliative care with compassionate attention to the patient’s comfort. We offer expert medical and emotional support, with respect for the wishes of the patient and family.
Hospice is available in the patient’s own home or in the assisted living, personal care, intermediate care facility or skilled nursing facility where a patient resides.
Hospice is part of Allied Services Integrated Health System — a trusted, nationally recognized care continuum that includes medical rehabilitation, home health, personal care and skilled nursing.
Hospice is a model of palliative care for patients diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. Palliative care ensures the patient’s comfort by controlling pain and other troubling symptoms. Working closely with the family physician, hospice coordinates the involvement of nurses, personal care aides, counselors and respite care personnel, as needed. These professionals work as a team to optimize the patient’s quality of life and to ease the burden on family members. Our goal is to provide compassionate care for patients with end-stage illnesses such as cancer, cardiac disease, Alzheimer’s, vascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), A.L.S., or chronic renal failure.
The family physician continues to follow the patient for general medical needs, while the hospice Medical Director has responsibility for the hospice plan of care, including symptom management, nursing and personal care, counseling and other services. Hospice professionals can provide expert guidance regarding many end-of-life matters including pain management, care coordination, spiritual concerns, family support and bereavement.
Allied Services Hospice is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In general, when Hospice services are ordered by a physician, the cost is covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private health insurance. Allied Services Hospice is a Pennsylvania-licensed, Medicare- and Medicaid-certified provider.
The core members of our Hospice team are the Medical Director (a physician), Registered Nurse/Case Manager, Medical Social Worker, Certified Nurses’ Aides, Spiritual and Bereavement Counselors, and specially-trained volunteers. Other professionals are available to meet specific needs, including physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapists; dieticians and pharmacists.
- Medical Direction by the hospice physician
- Nursing services routine available and/or on call on a 24 hr/7 days a week basis by or under supervision of a registered nurse functioning within a plan of care developed by the hospice interdisciplinary team in consultation with the physician
- Medical Social Services by a qualified social worker under the direction of a physician
- Counseling including spiritual, bereavement, dietary. Bereavement services available to the family and other individuals identified in the plan of care for up to one year following the death of the patient.
- Medical equipment, appliances and supplies
- Drugs/pharmaceuticals for pain/symptom management
- Ambulance and labs related to the terminal illness
- Palliative services including radiation therapy, transfusions, etc., as needed
Routine Care – provided as intermittent visits based on the needs of the patient/family. The core team provides all services as needed in the patient’s home/place of residence. All services on call available 24 hours a day
Continuous Home Care – occurs during periods of crisis and is primarily nursing care(51% nursing, 49% hospice aide) to achieve palliative management of acute medical symptoms. If a patient is residing in a skilled nursing bed, continuous care cannot be provided by hospice. This level of care often occurs during the last days of life when symptoms are out of control.
Respite Care – Hospice contracts with skilled nursing facility for a bed for a maximum of five days’ stay to relieve the family temporarily of caregiving. Patient remains the responsibility of hospice and the core team coordinates visits and care and is available 24 hrs per day.
Inpatient Care – Hospice contracts for subacute bed (with SNF or hospital) for a short term admission to achieve control of acute symptoms/pain. Care is palliative, non-aggressive and non-curative and the hospice team coordinates visits/care. No more than 20% of all hospice care can be provided in the inpatient setting.
The patient must be certified as being terminally ill by the hospice medical director or physician member of the interdisciplinary group of the hospice AND the attending physician (if there is one).
The medical prognosis indicates that the individual’s life expectancy is six months or less if the illness runs its normal course
Election periods in hospice are two 90 day periods, followed by unlimited 60 day periods after a face-to-face encounter with the hospice physician and attestation to the terminal state of the patient
Patient signs consent for care for palliative care/symptom management with no curative treatment.
Patient waives the right to other Medicare benefits relative to the care of the terminal illness.
To request services please call 570-341-4320 or 1-844-205-0104 or fax information to 570-341-4519. Our staff will guide you through the process and determine whether the patient qualifies for hospice services.
Allied Services Hospice prohibits discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.
Allied Services Hospice will act in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, PL 90-202, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Allied Services Hospice shall provide care for patients without discrimination, including, but not necessarily limited to, the following:
- Uniform level of care
- Direct Care assignments
- Employee and volunteer assignments
- Training programs
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