Helping Others Seek Peace In a Caring Environment
Hospice is not a place but a philosophy of care created to help people live with dignity, comfort, and compassion at the end of life. It is a program that provides palliative care (comfort care), pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support and spiritual care to patients and their families.
Palliative care is an approach to care aiming to improve the quality of life by relieving suffering for those that have been diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Hospice provides in-home care from an interdisciplinary team focused on the emotional needs, spiritual well-being, and physical health of the patient. The Hospice Team consists of the attending physician, hospice medical director, hospice director, home health aide, spiritual counselor, volunteer coordinator, volunteers, social services, bereavement and other therapists such as physical, massage, occupational and speech. Services that are also provided includes: Durable Medical Equipment (hospital bed, oxygen, and supplies, wheelchair, walker commode and patient lift); All medications related to the terminal diagnosis; physician services; 24/7 nursing availability; hospice aide visits that provides baths and personal care. Counseling services by licensed social worker; short term hospitalizations for symptom control; respite care; and continuous care during a period of crisis.
Criteria for hospice:
- Live in the service area of the Fayette County Health Department...Area includes from Vandalia, north to Oconee, south to Sandoval, east to Effingham, and west to Greenville.
- Certified by a physician with a terminal illness with a life expectancy of six months or less.
- Acceptance to cease all curative measures, diagnostic tests and receive only supportive care and symptom control.
Hospice in NOT for cancer patients only. It is for anyone who has a terminal illness regardless of diagnosis, age, gender, nationality, race, creed, sexual orientation, disability or inability to pay.
Hospice non-cancer diagnoses include: Heart disease (i.e. Congestive Heart Failure; Chronic Ischemic Heart Disease); Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis; Debility/Decline in Health Status; HIV; Liver Disease (i.e. cirrhosis, hepatitis, hepatic coma); Pulmonary Diseases; Renal Diseases; stroke and coma.
Fayette County Health Department is a MEDICARE CERTIFIED Hospice. . . our goal is to maximize the quality of life when the quantity cannot be extended.
To become a Fayette County Health Department Hospice Volunteer...
VOLUNTEERS are the heart and soul of hospice services. The main qualifications are a sympathetic approach to fellow human beings, sensitivity to the needs of others and a sincere desire to help maintain the dignity and self-worth of a dying patient. These human qualities can benefit a hospice program through direct patient care, assisting in the office, marketing the concept to local clubs and organizations, or helping with fund raisers. If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer or to be notified of the next Hospice Volunteer Training Program contact:
Fayette County Health Department Hospice
416 W. Edwards
Vandalia, IL 62471