Hospice of Huntington is a non-profit agency that has been helping people with serious illness since 1982. We know that calling hospice for care is one of the hardest things you will ever do. We also know from caring for over 15,000 people that most people wish they had called sooner. Hospice of Huntington helps people with a life-limiting illness control the symptoms that keep them from living everyday life.
Often, families feel that they should take care of their own and are reluctant to call for outside help. Hospice of Huntington does not take over the care you provide, but we are here to help guide and support you so that together with your doctor we can ease the worries of care giving and provide the very best symptom control possible. Our goal is to help your loved one live life to the fullest.
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November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
Every year, the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, together with Hospice organizations nationwide, reach out to help people understand all that Hospice has to offer. Here in our region, Hospice of Huntington has been bringing hope, dignity and compassion to seriously ill people and their families when they need it most since 1982. While we know that calling Hospice may be one of the hardest things a family can do, we also know from caring for over 15,000 people, that most families wish they had called us sooner. Hospice of Huntington is here in so many ways to help those with life-limiting illness control the symptoms that keep them from living everyday life. We are also here to help guide and support a patient so that together with his or her doctor we can ease the worries of care giving and provide the very best symptom control possible. Our services include pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care and grief support to patients and their family caregivers – many times when a cure for their illness is not possible. Too often, however, people associate Hospice as a service reserved for those imminently dying. It’s important to know that we also offer palliative services that are designed to bring patients into our model of care earlier in the course of a serious illness so that they can experience a better quality of life for a longer period of time.
What is the difference between hospice care and palliative care?
Both palliative care and hospice care provide comfort. But palliative care can begin at diagnosis, and at the same time as treatment. Hospice care begins after treatment of the disease is stopped and when it is clear that the person is not going to survive the illness. Hospice care is most often offered only when the person is expected to live 6 months or less.
Hospice of Huntington has launched a new palliative care program called Tri-State LifeCare.
We are very excited about Tri-State LifeCare. It is a home-based program that I refer to as a non-Hospice program of Hospice. As I mentioned earlier, palliative care focuses on enhancing and extending the lives of those dealing with chronic, serious illnesses who are not yet eligible for Hospice care. Studies show that seriously ill patients who begin palliative care close to the time of diagnosis are more likely to live longer and have improved feelings of well-being. Tri-State LifeCare is here to respond to that – meeting a need in the community for specialized healthcare that improves and often extends the quality of life for our patients. At Tri-State LifeCare, we help manage conditions, alleviate symptoms, reduce flare-ups and hospitalizations, and overall make life more pleasant and comfortable for the patient and family members – all in the convenience of their homes. Our caregivers see patients wherever those homes may be – private residences, assisted living facilities, senior group homes and skilled nursing facilities. By making our care home-based, our providers gain a greater understanding of each patient’s situation, allowing for a more personalized plan of care that’s developed in complete collaboration with the patient’s primary care physician. Our care team is comprised of a board-certified palliative care physicians with extensive experience in geriatrics, along with nurse practitioners with palliative care certifications, social workers and other nurses. Examples of the types of diseases we can help manage include: • Stage 4 heart failure and chronic heart failure, sometimes referred to as CHF • Stage 4 COPD • Stage 3 or 4 Alzheimer’s disease • Cancer • End-stage renal disease If you’re wondering whether the time might be right to seek palliative care for yourself or for a loved one, you can visit our website. We have a self-assessment quiz that you can access from our homepage that leads you through questions to determine if the program might be right for your needs.
What is the geography that Hospice of Huntington covers?
Hospice of Huntington and Tri-State LifeCare are proud to service Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Mason Counties in West Virginia and Lawrence County in Ohio.
How can someone find out more information about Hospice of Huntington and Tri-State LifeCare?
The easiest way to get information and contact information for our organization and the offices across our various counties is to visit our websites… hospiceofhuntington.org and tristatelifecare.org. We would welcome your call. Anyone can make a referral to one of our programs or simply call for information about our services, support groups or volunteer opportunities. As mentioned, we encourage families to become proactive… making those calls sooner rather than later. Your loved one’s comfort is our calling, and Hospice of Huntington and Tri-State LifeCare are here to be the support you need when you need it most.