Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Benefits of Hospice Care in Assisted Living Facilities

Hospice care in an assisted living facility allows a patient to stay where they are comfortable while receiving the care they need.

Hospice care in an assisted living facility allows a patient to stay where they are comfortable while receiving the care they need.

There are currently over 735,000 people across the United States living in assisted living settings, and that number is expected to increase according to the National Center for Assisted Living. As Baby Boomers, a generation of over 70 million Americans, continue to age, many of them will seek out the services provided by assisted living centers.

Assisted living facilities in Iowa and across the country provide environments that allow residents to continue living as independently as possible while offering assistance with medical, social, emotional or other needs. As part of National Assisted Living Week 2014, Cedar Valley Hospice not only wants to recognize the great work of assisted living facilities, but also discuss the care we provide to patients in assisted living facilities.

Services for Patients

If a patient has been admitted to Cedar Valley Hospice, our staff can provide them the medical care they need wherever they call home. Our staff members are experts in assessing and managing pain and other symptoms at the end of life.

Care from Cedar Valley Hospice in assisted living facilities integrates smoothly with the care and services the patient already receives. The main goal is to make their days as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

Cedar Valley Hospice also has resources available to help patients complete advanced directives, including living wills, durable power of attorney for health care and IPOST that a social worker can help with. This helps make a patient’s wishes about their treatment known in a legal document.

Services for Family Members and Friends

The interdisciplinary care team at Cedar Valley Hospice is trained in helping patients and their families make the transition into end-of-life care. They provide emotional and social support throughout a patient’s last months, and after the patient has died, they continue to be a resource for grieving family members and friends including Assisted Living staff. Cedar Valley Hospice grief services are always available to anyone in the community.

Cedar Valley Hospice can also help arrange visits for spiritual support as well. We respect the faith and beliefs of all of our patients and will help to arrange for spiritual support visits if requested.

Care in assisted living facilities from Cedar Valley Hospice is aimed at making a patient’s life as comfortable as possible, giving them a voice when they can no longer speak, and supporting their family in the last days of their life and after their death.

To learn more about how we help serve patients in assisted living facilities, contact Cedar Valley Hospice today. Family members and healthcare professionals can also make referrals directly from our website.