What to Expect From Hospice Homecare

It’s not easy when a loved one is battling a terminal illness.

While an imminent death may seem overwhelming at times, hospice – which is a care service that focuses on end of a life care rather than disease curing – is available to help.

Knowing exactly what to expect from hospice care can bring peace of mind to you and your family.

 

What is it?

Perhaps the most common misconception about hospice is that it’s housed in a physical building that patients go to on a daily or weekly basis for treatment, similar to a doctor’s office.

While some hospices have an on-site facility, many times, the staff of hospice professionals bring their unique brand of care and support direct to your loved one.  They can treat the individual at home, in a hospital room or at an assisted living facility.

Though the primary function of hospice is to cater to a patient’s end of life comfort, it also assists caregivers by providing them with their own form of emotional support prior to and immediately after the death.

 

What to Expect with Hospice

It can be difficult to know exactly what your loved one wants or needs before death, especially if he or she is unable to communicate it to you directly.

However, hospice will try to accommodate you every step of the way.  If the patient is given six or less months to live by a physician or medical professional, you will promptly be referred to a hospice representative (usually a social worker) in order to begin receiving services.

During this initial meeting with the social worker, he or she will outline the benefits of using hospice care and ask what type of support or services will be needed to make your loved one’s quality of life as pleasant as possible.  At this time, they will also determine where the location of care will take place.

Over the course of the following days, various registered nurses, aides and a chaplain will visit to assist with personal care and spiritual support.

 

The Final Days

When it appears that your loved one is near death, hospice will increase the level of home, hospital or assisted living facility visits and provide continuous, round the clock care.

A staff member will stay with you and your loved one for any final medical or emotional treatment needed.  He or she may also assist with the final legal paperwork and provide bereavement support after the death.

For more information regarding the various support services available to you and your family during a time of need, call Beinhauer Funeral Home & Cremation Service at 724-941-3211.    

Westminster Presbyterian Grief Recovery Program Spring 2018

Our friends at Westminster Presbyterian Church are hosting the Spring edition of their Grief Recovery Support Program.  The program is faith-based and comprised of friendly, caring people who will walk alongside each other through one of life’s most painful experiences, grief.  The group is led by a team of trained facilitators.  The next session:

Wednesdays, April 4 – May 2, 2018

6:45 – 8:00 P.M.

Memorial Parlor

Westminster Presbyterian Church

2040 Washington Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15241

To register and for more information, contact Peg Kinsey (412-835-6630 or Kinsey@westminster-church.org). To help defray the cost of materials, a donation of $10.00 is suggested, but not required.

February Caregiver Excellence Award Winner

The BEINHAUER CAREGIVER EXCELLENCE AWARD for February was presented to Jane Barthen, hospice social worker at Gallagher Hospice, on March 14.
Jane was surprised with her award at a staff meeting. Her sense of gratitude touched everyone in attendance. Jane has worked as a hospice social worker for more than 10 years, caring for and helping patients and families through their end of life journey. Her compassion and support has substantially influenced patients’ quality of life, and has assisted with caregivers’ coping and adjusting — not only before, but also after the passing of a loved one. Jane is highly respected and is known to go above and  beyond in her mission to provide compassionate, quality care to patients and their families.
Jane was presented her award by Katie Brandt, Beinhauer’s Community Outreach Director.  —  Congratulations, Jane!
The Beinhauer Caregiver Excellence Award consists of a $50 gift card and a certificate, along with an entry into the drawing for the Caregiver Excellence Award of the Year.
 
Make your nominations for March now! 
Nominations can easily be made in one of three ways
By mailing in a hard copy of the nomination form found at your hospice to Katie Brandt, Beinhauers FFS, 2820 Washington Road, McMurray PA 15317
OR
By filling in a nomination form ONLINE on our website (click here- http://www.beinhauer.com/caregiver-excellence-award/).
OR
By providing the info requested on the nomination form in an email sent to kdb@beinhauercares.com.

January Caregiver Excellence Award

The BEINHAUER CAREGIVER EXCELLENCE AWARD for January was presented to Solomon Labwon of Family Hospice on February 27.
Solomon was surprised with his award at a staff training meeting, complete with cake and a balloon!  He was nominated as an excellent caregiver with heartfelt compassion, a calming presence, and a smile so bright he lights up the whole room. Families have often said that their loved one’s dignity was so respected with the kind and patient end of life care provided by Solomon that they will be forever grateful!
Solomon was presented his award by Katie Brandt, Beinhauer’s Community Outreach Director, and is pictured here along with Katie and with Marcy Schott of Family Hospice, who had nominated him  
Congratulations, Solomon!
The Beinhauer Caregiver Excellence Award consists of a $50 gift card and a certificate, along with an entry into the drawing for the Caregiver Excellence Award of the Year.
 
Make your nominations for February now!  (They will be accepted through Saturday, March 3!)
Nominations can easily be made in one of three ways
By mailing in a hard copy of the nomination form found at your hospice to Katie Brandt, Beinhauers FFS, 2820 Washington Road, McMurray PA 15317
OR
By filling in a nomination form ONLINE on our website (click here- http://www.beinhauer.com/caregiver-excellence-award/).
OR
By providing the info requested on the nomination form in an email sent tokdb@beinhauercares.com.

How to Write a Thank You Note After a Funeral to Fully Convey Your Gratitude

Whenever someone from your immediate family dies, you may be surprised by how much emotional support you receive. Even those you haven’t seen or spoken to in a while are likely to send their condolences and offer to help during this difficult time.

Although technology makes it easier than ever to send a quick “thank you” – whether it’s via text, email or instant messaging – to those who donated flowers, food or money in honor of your loved one’s funeral, the importance of a handwritten thank you note shouldn’t be overlooked. Continue reading

How to Repurpose Excess Funeral Flowers

After a loved one dies, it’s common to receive floral arrangements from other family members and close friends as a way to express their sympathy toward your loss.

Funeral flowers are thought of as a meaningful gift that can help the grieving individual begin to move on emotionally.  

Following the service, you may realize that you have more flower arrangements and plants than you know what to do with.  Instead of simply discarding the flowers in the trash, repurpose them to further honor the memory of the deceased. Continue reading

December Caregiver Excellence Award

The BEINHAUER CAREGIVER EXCELLENCE AWARD for December was presented to Paul Holland, home health aide at Compassionate Care Hospice, on January 19.
 
Paul was surprised with his award at a staff meeting, much to the delight of everyone there. He has been with Compassionate Care for a number of years, and is said to embody the name of the organization in his very person. He treats patients as if they were his own family, with a kindness in his eyes that makes everyone who comes into contact with him love him, and look forward to his visits.
Paul was presented his award by Katie Brandt, Beinhauer’s Community Outreach Director.  —  Congratulations, Paul!
 
The Beinhauer Caregiver Excellence Award consists of a $50 gift card and a certificate, along with an entry into the drawing for the Caregiver Excellence Award of the Year.
 
Make your nominations for February now! 
Nominations can easily be made in one of three ways –
By mailing in a hard copy of the nomination form found at your hospice to Katie Brandt, Beinhauers FFS, 2820 Washington Road, McMurray PA 15317
OR
By filling in a nomination form ONLINE on our website (click here- http://www.beinhauer.com/caregiver-excellence-award/).
OR
By providing the info requested on the nomination form in an email sent to kdb@beinhauercares.com.
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