Hospice

hospiceProvidence Hospice is a community-based program that provides comfort care at the end of life through intensive symptom management and support of patient- and family-identified goals of care. Providence offers Medicare-certified hospice care for adults with a life limiting illness and prognosis of less than six months. The goal is to improve the quality of life for the patient and family.

Hospice Care neither prolongs life nor hastens death. Hospice is a care philosophy and not a facility. With hospice care, a patient and family centered team provides care in the home. The interdisciplinary team includes nurses, social workers, chaplains, aides, volunteers and physician – either the primary physician or hospice physician – who know the patient best. The patient and family drive the plan of care to best meet their own goals of care.

In general, what most patients and families desire are comfort, quality and dignity, with a focus on remaining safe and comfortable at home. The hospice team can help make that happen.

Why choose Providence?

  • Providence Hospice is a Medicare-certified hospice in Anchorage that provides primarily a “routine” level of home hospice care. In addition, there are three other levels of care that might be offered, depending on patient and family goals and the hospice team’s assessment of need:
    1. Continuous care: short-term intensive services in the home
    2. General inpatient care: short-term acute care under hospice at Providence Anchorage Medical Center
    3. Respite care: short-term care in a designated facility
  • Our model is family centered community care that focuses on meeting the patient and family goals of care at the end of life
  • A nurse case manager is assigned to each individual or family receiving care
  • We provide 24-hour access to a nurse for urgent questions, needs and support
  • One year bereavement support for the family at no additional charge, consisting of mailings, memorial services and grief support groups
  • Care is provided in the home by a team of providers committed to the Providence mission

Hospice services

  • Medication for pain and symptom management
  • Durable medical equipment (DME)
  • Nursing aide visits to assist with personal care
  • RN case management with regular visits at home by an RN
  • 24-hour RN availability for questions or concerns
  • Physician oversight
  • Spiritual care
  • Social worker support
  • Volunteer services
  • Bereavement support

Common conditions for which we provide support

Most common diagnoses include, but are not limited to the final stages of:

  • Cancer
  • Dementia
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver failure
  • Stroke