Community Partners: Bond County Health Department Home Health & Hospice

Click below to hear our radio feature on our April Community Partner, with Karen File, from the Bond county Home Health & Hospice program:
VOLUNTEERS
  • Specially trained, compassionate community members are available to provide companionship for the patient and relief for the caregiver
  • May be available to run errands, sit with the patient, or provide other emotional support.
  • An important member of the Interdisciplinary Group as they can communicate any follow-up needed.
  • Provides emotional support to patient and family.

Volunteers are always needed to help families and patients.  Please consider giving of your time, to learn more call 618-664-5020.  And visit https://www.bchd.us/hospice/

Philosophy

Hospice is a special kind of care designed to provide sensitivity and support for people in the final phase of a terminal illness.  Hospice care seeks to enable patients to have an alert, pain-free life and to manage other symptoms so that their last days may be spent with dignity and quality at home or in a home-like setting.

Care

Bond County Hospice provides compassionate, specialized care to terminally ill individuals and their loved ones.  Working under the direction of the patient’s physicians, the team of nurses, home health aides, spiritual counselors, and volunteers work together to offer support for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient and family.  Occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and nutritional counseling may also be available as needed.

Always Available

Access to the at-home Bond County Hospice care team is available seven days a week, 24-hours a day.   An alternative system of care is available at contracting hospitals and skilled nursing facilities as the patient’s level of care may change and become too difficult to manage at home.

FAQ About Home Health and Hospice

What is the admission criteria?

A referral may be made by family, case managers, social workers, physicians, or patients themselves. Consent from the patient’s attending physician will be obtained.  The philosophy of allowing death to occur naturally without extraordinary interventions, the goal is comfort care rather than cure.

How is Hospice Care Paid For?

A referral may be made by family, case managers, social workers, physicians, or patients themselves. Consent from the patient’s attending physician will be obtained.  The philosophy of allowing death to occur naturally without extraordinary interventions, the goal is comfort care rather than cure.

Eligibility

Bond County Home Health and Hospice is available to persons who meet payment source criteria, in need of skilled care, and reside within Bond, Clinton, Fayette, Madison, and Montgomery Counties.

Services Included
  • A team of professionals trained in hospice care.
  • Medical supplies and equipment (such as hospital bed, oxygen, bedside commode, wheelchair)
  • Medications related to the hospice diagnosis.
  • Pain and symptom management by experienced nurses in coordination with orders from your physician.
  • Personal Care and comfort measures
  • Support for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient and family
  • Relieves anxiety by providing information to the patient and family about what to expect as the illness progresses.
Bereavement
  • Provide support to family members before and after death of a loved one.
  • Based on the family’s needs, grief information and support are provided through written materials, individual contacts, commemorative activities and referrals to available support groups or other services.
Volunteers
  • Specially trained, compassionate community members are available to provide companionship for the patient and relief for the caregiver
  • May be available to run errands, sit with the patient, or provide other emotional support.
  • An important member of the Interdisciplinary Group as they can communicate any follow-up needed.
  • Provides emotional support to patient and family.
Social Worker
  • Community resource person.
  • Patients Advocate.
Donations and Memorials

When families, individuals, and patients name the Bond County Health Department to receive contributions and memorials, it is a tribute not only to the patient but to the Hospice staff who frequently leave their homes and families to provide help, comfort, and medical intervention to patients and families. Memorials and donations are greatly appreciated.

A contribution is tax deductible and may be of several methods. No individual employee may accept a gift of value, for services. If the donor wishes to donate for the benefit of all employees of Home Health, this must be stated when the donation is made.

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