West Georgia Hospice provides comfort and quality of life for terminally ill patients with any life-threatening disease, not just cancer, when no further curative treatment options are available. Our care centers around dignity and understanding for the patient and their family.
West Georgia Hospice provides varying levels of supportive, compassionate care, both at home and as an inpatient at our hospice house, based on the person’s symptoms and needs.
Routine Hospice Care: provided in a person’s home, whether that is a private residence, assisted living facility or nursing home.
General Inpatient Hospice Care: provided at Hospice LaGrange, our 16-bed hospice house, adjacent to West Georgia Medical Center. Our hospice house provides inpatient care when management of pain control and other acute symptoms exceeds the level of care that can be provided in the home setting. Care is provided 24 hours a day, under the direction of the Medical Director, Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurses. This level of care is based solely on the person’s symptoms and this criteria is set nationally by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Continuous Hospice Care: offered in a patient’s home to manage pain and other acute medical symptoms. Services provided include nursing care, supplemented with caregiver and hospice aide services to manage a pain or symptom crisis. Care is typically provided in the patient’s home, 8 hours or more a day, for short durations until symptoms are controlled.
Inpatient Respite Care: available at Hospice LaGrange, our hospice house, adjacent to West Georgia Medical Center, to provide temporary relief to the patient’s primary caregiver. Hospice LaGrange offers Respite Care up to five consecutive days. This benefit is paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance plans.
Call or visit West Georgia Hospice or talk with your doctor in more detail about how hospice care can benefit you and your loved ones. Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance pay for hospice services, medications, supplies and equipment related to the illness. At West Georgia Hospice, no one is turned away because of inability to pay.
West Georgia Hospice provides the following services and care:
- Registered nurses who visit patients in their home and provide care in our inpatient unit.
- Certified nursing assistants for personal care when appropriate.
- Visits by a medical social worker and chaplain.
- An inter-disciplinary team approach to planning care led by the physician and/or Advanced Nurse Practitioner.
- Education and training provided for caregivers and family members.
- Medication delivered to the home.
- Medical equipment.
- Lifeline Emergency Response System at no charge.
- 5 Day respite care in our Hospice House, allowing for caregiver relief.
- Supportive services provided by dedicated and trained Hospice volunteers.
- Bereavement support for the families for up to one year following their loved one’s death.
- Bereavement support groups / memorial services.
- Camp Dogwood Children’s Bereavement Camp offered free of charge.
- Pediatric hospice care.