Coordinating with You and Your Associates for End-of-Life Care
We offer compassionate end-of-life care for your patients and their families. We honor their dignity, independence and right to self-determined care. And we do it as a member of the Brookdale family of care providers.
Many patients and families feel overwhelmed by the uncertainty created by a new diagnosis or a decline in health. In working with you, we use our clinical expertise to support your patients through their journey by offering care, reassurance, comfort and practical assistance.
Why Choose Brookdale Hospice?
Brookdale Hospice provides compassionate care and support to individuals and caregivers who are living with terminal illness, no matter where they call home. We believe that everyone deserves to have a high quality of life. Our hospice associates can provide on-call support, clinical and skilled care as well as spiritual and emotional counseling and music therapy. With the gentle assistance and support of hospice care, your patients can have a deeply meaningful experience. We’re here to handle the care, so they can enjoy the precious moments of life.
We serve your community and staff with responsive action to support your goals with:
- Our commitment to maintaining your trust and respect
- Flexibility and openness when solving mutual problems and sharing information
- Quality care with a strong in-person staff presence and caseloads allowing for long visits, as necessary, and comprehensive care management
We become an extension of your care with meaningful services, like:
- Symptom relief and pain management with medications and supplies covered by the hospice benefit
- Brookdale hospice nursing staff available to respond to care issues 24/7 with urgency and efficiency
- Personal care services such as dressing and bathing to supplement the care provided by your team
- Emotional support for the patient and their family members
- Spiritual support and guidance, as requested
- Following your guidelines to strengthen communication with staff and to collaborate for best care practices and compliance
- Music therapy to alleviate symptoms and connect patients with their life experiences
- Customized training for community associates and caregivers to increase their confidence in providing end-of-life care
- Grief and loss support for the family and your staff
We build relationships with your patients with our compassionate team of skilled medical professionals, including:
- Medical Social Workers
- Spiritual/Pastoral Counselors
- Hospice Aides
- Bereavement Counselors
Considerations for an Early Referral to Brookdale Hospice
- Are curative measures no longer effective or necessary?
- Is the prognosis for your patient’s life limited to six to 12 months?
- Has your patient been frequently hospitalized in the last few months?
- Is the family or caregiver overwhelmed by the myriad of physical, financial, emotional and spiritual concerns due to the illness?
- Does the family need emotional support to cope with the reality of the life-limiting illness?
- Is your patient declining despite aggressive treatment?
- Is your patient no longer able to self- manage activities of daily living?
Benefits of an Early Referral to Brookdale Hospice
Often, families are not sure when to request hospice care. An early referral allows us to help patients manage pain and symptoms earlier in their journey and support them and their families with full hospice benefits.
- Assistance with the hospice conversation for full explanation of program
- Discussion of advance directives to avoid difficult decisions
- Intensive pain and symptom management to reduce rehospitalization
- Providing all medications and equipment to reduce the financial burden on families
- Promoting treatment compliance and relief of caregiver stress and fatigue
- 24-hour access to care, emotional and spiritual support, and practical assistance
- Grief and loss support for survivors for up to a year
Is Your Patient Eligible for Hospice?
Referrals are often made when a patient experiences:
- A life-limiting illness with a life expectancy of less than six months
- A significant decline in physical or mental health including dementia
- Unintentional weight loss
- Frequent re-hospitalization, emergency room or physician office visits
- Sharing a preference for comfort options rather than curative or aggressive treatments
We understand patients have choices for hospice services. That’s why as a member of the Brookdale family, we are committed to earning your trust, one patient at a time, by delivering attentive personalized care. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or same-day assessment.
Physicians apply their best medical judgment to a six-month prognosis. This is often a best estimate based on how long the terminal illness usually takes to run its course.
Many patients, caregivers and families are in a position to consider hospice after they decide they are no longer going to pursue curative care. While this care service often treats the whole person through pain management and emotional, spiritual and social support, it’s important to make sure your patients understand hospice rarely includes medical treatment designed to cure the disease.
The Medicare hospice benefit covers 100 percent of the cost of care related to a patient’s terminal illness, as do some private insurance plans and Medicaid in most states.
Brookdale’s hospice team includes nurses, physicians, therapists, volunteers, spiritual counselors, music therapists, social workers, bereavement specialists and hospice aides.
Brookdale Hospice is a personalized experience where our focus isn’t on the masses — it’s on the one. It’s about the one in front of us, the one who needs us now. Because to us this work is more than a job; it’s a passion. That’s why we treat every patient like they’re our one and only patient — so they can spend less time worrying and more time enjoying quality time with their loved ones and celebrating a well-lived life.