Hospice is a philosophy of care that promotes comfort, peace and dignity for residents nearing the end of life. Care is focused on pain management, symptom relief and emotional support. Proactively addressing these areas allows for better enjoyment of remaining time with friends and family.
River View's skilled nursing care is available around the clock and is complemented by our partnership with outside hospice agencies. Hospice personnel provide expertise in managing aspects of suffering — on the physical, emotional, spiritual and social levels. They provide education, support and counseling to residents and their families and caregivers. Chaplains, specialized therapists and bereavement counselors are also part of the hospice team.
Palliative care, while often part of a hospice plan, is not only for end-of-life care. It may be used to identify and relieve pain and other symptoms of serious illness or condition. It encompasses physical and psychological support for the resident, families and caregivers. The goal is to improve the quality of life at any stage of illness.