Horizon Hospice: Compassionate Care in Spokane County

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Our focus at Horizon Hospice is to provide services that offer comfort, peace, and dignity for our patients with incurable illnesses, and for their families. To this end, we have a team of compassionate professionals who make home visits to assist you in the care of your loved one. Do not let concern about finances keep you from this vital support! Payment for hospice services is covered 100% by Medicare and frequently covered by private insurance.

In hospice, we provide assistance to the patient and to the family members. We proudly adhere to the Hospice Bill of Rights. Families who come to Horizon Hospice for help receive services customized to their needs. Additionally, we are happy to make available two related documents which are covered during our first visit: the Consent Form and either Medicare Election Form or Private Insurance Election Form.

These services can include:

ehospice - online hospice news and information

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ehospice is a globally run news and information resource committed to bringing you the latest news, commentary and analysis from the world of hospice, palliative and end of life care. Aimed at anyone with a professional or personal interest in palliative care, ehospice offers a single point of access to intelligence and good practice from around the world, with the aim of helping to improve patient care globally. It brings together the expertise and experience of the global hospice and palliative care community. ehospice is a truly collaborative venture, with editions spanning the globe. It is delivered by several national and regional palliative care organizations.

www.ehospice.com/USA

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Honoring Veterans with Inland Northwest Honor Flight

Horizon Hospice loves to honor our Military Veterans. In addition to Pinning Ceremonies and Certificate Awards, we support the Inland Northwest Honor Flight. This program provides free-of-charge roundtrip travel, food, guides and accommodations for Veterans to visit the War Memorials located in Washington DC. http://inwhonorflight.org/

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How to sensitively initiate a hospice care discussion

Click on this link for helpful information on how to approach hospice care:

Hospice Discussion

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Home visits several times a week

Whether the person you care for lives at home or in an assisted living or nursing home facility, members of our staff come to the bedside several times each week. A nurse may visit to check on the patient’s condition, answer questions, and recommend changes in medication, diet, equipment, or supplies. Depending on the needs of the patient or family, other visitors may include nurse aides, a social worker, a nondenominational chaplain, and/or a physical or occupational therapist. These professionals offer important advice and support to family and friends who are delivering day-to-day care. We even have specially trained volunteers who can stay and visit with the patient so family caregivers can take a much-needed break.

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Management of pain and other difficult symptoms

Our staff at Horizon Hospice are trained in “palliative care,” a branch of medicine that focuses specifically on easing pain and discomfort. The definition of “pain” is very broad in palliative medicine and includes physical, emotional, and spiritual distress. As a result, our team is holistic in its approach. For instance, sometimes the best remedy is medication, and so we will ask the doctor for a prescription. But sometimes the problem can best be fixed by changing sleeping position, modifying diet, or simply talking through an emotional issue and gaining clarity on a difficult family concern. Some treatments for symptom relief involve surgery or radiation. Others require special equipment such as oxygen for shortness of breath, or a hospital bed or wheelchair to reduce the likelihood of falls or the chance of injuring a caregiving family member. Although Medicare authorizes a $5 copayment, Medicare patients at Horizon Hospice receive all prescriptions, equipment, and supplies that are needed for pain and symptom relief at no additional charge.

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Emotional and spiritual support

Serious illness brings up many difficult questions and feelings. As we face the possibility of dying, we all have fears, worries, and concerns. At Horizon Hospice, our staff has received special training to help people address these issues. We even have social workers and nondenominational chaplains who can meet with you, the patient, or even with the entire family, to help everyone come to a better understanding of the situation and determine how to meet each others’ needs with grace and love.

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24-hour assistance and advice

Patients and families of Horizon Hospice are free to call the office 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have professionals available to answer your questions. No waiting until the morning, with your loved one in pain. You call and we respond. If it’s something we can help with over the phone, great! If not, our staff will come to your home to check the patient, offer recommendations, and make sure you are comfortable with the treatments being suggested.

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Help with bathing and grooming

Everyone feels better after a bath. Shampooed hair that is nicely styled and a good shave or a little makeup can do wonders for self-esteem! Seriously ill individuals, however, are often unable to bathe or groom themselves. Family members may try to help, but assisting another person in and out of the tub, or into the shower, can be physically demanding. The floors are slippery, surfaces are hard, and bathrooms are typically cramped with very little room for moving around. More injuries occur in the bathroom than in any other room of the house. And the injury can be with the caregiver as much as with the patient! Even giving a sponge bath to a person in bed can be difficult. Family members are not trained in methods for safely moving weights of 100 pounds or more. It is not uncommon for them to end up with a painful back injury as a result of trying to lift or move a loved one.

Our nurse aides, however, are professionals who have learned safety techniques to protect their patients and themselves from injury. Having one of our aides come to your home two or three times a week to help with bathing and grooming relieves your family of worry and risk. Patients receive the benefits of getting clean, while elderly spouses, in particular, are able to conserve their energy.

At Horizon Hospice, we know there are many things that only family members can provide. By letting our staff help with tasks such as bathing and grooming, you are free to more easily give the love and affection that your loved one needs at this time.

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Patient and caregiver education

With all the rush and commotion in the doctor’s office, it’s not always easy to remember everything you’ve been told—or even what you wanted to ask! Our nurses are available to answer your questions. In the comfort of your home, our staff can explain the disease and the medical issues that surround it. They understand the day-to-day impact of living with your loved one’s condition: the symptoms, the side effects of treatment, the likely progression of the illness. We’re there to help in any way we can. Even in the context of an incurable condition, just knowing what to expect helps many patients and families relax and feel less anxious about the process.

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Coordination of multiple services

Pharmacies, doctors, physical therapists, equipment suppliers … it can be mind boggling to juggle all the different services and providers your loved one may need to stay comfortable. Part of our hospice care involves coordinating these many services so you can concentrate on your loved one’s daily needs and do not need to worry about paperwork, shopping for providers, arranging for physician orders, etc.

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Help for family caregivers

At Horizon Hospice, family members are part of the caregiving team and part of the unit of care. We know that your loved one would not be as comfortable if it were not for your participation. You make a valuable contribution. But you also are undergoing a very stressful and difficult time. Our goal is to support you, emotionally and physically, so that your health is not also compromised. We suggest treatments for the patient based not only on what he or she needs, but also on the needs and capabilities of family members. Our social workers and chaplains are available to help you as you process the powerful issues that often arise when a loved one is seriously ill. We have volunteers who can come to the home for a few hours and visit with the patient so you can get out and have some time to yourself (a requirement if you are going to keep up your own strength!). And for those patients on Medicare, we can often arrange for your loved one to stay a few days in a nursing home so you or an elderly spouse can rest and build up your reserves. And finally, at such time that your loved one passes, we are also available to help with grief support groups and volunteer bereavement assistance.

As you can see, the hospice care provided by Horizon Hospice is designed to meet the needs of the patient and his or her family members. If you are thinking hospice might be appropriate for you and your family, you can read more about the hospice process. You can also learn more about hospice in general from our Hospice FAQ page.

If you think your family might benefit from the support of our hospice team, please give us a call at 509-489-4581, or email us at info@horizonhospice.com. We would be honored to serve you.

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Notice of Privacy Practices and Non Discrimination Policy

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A Place At the Fire MEN'S Grief Support Group

FOR MEN ONLY

Held at Horizon Hospice Office

A safe place for men to explore the emotions of loss.

Monday, March 13th    7:30 AM

Monday, March 27th     7:30 AM

All are welcome!  Coffee and doughnuts served!

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GriefShare: Grief Recovery Support Group

Your Journey from Mourning to Joy

It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found that there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel.

That’s the reason for GriefShare, a special seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. This group is sponsored by people who understand what you are experiencing and want to offer you comfort and encouragement during this difficult time.

Each GriefShare session includes a video seminar and group discussion. A GriefShare workbook assists you with note-taking, journaling, and grief study. The videos feature top experts on grief recovery, dramatic reenactments about living with grief and real-life stories of people who have experienced losses like yours.

During the small group discussion time, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with others who have experienced a recent loss, learn about their experiences and share your own.

GriefShare is a nondenominational group and features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics. Please join us for the next GriefShare session.

GriefShare videos feature interviews with leading authors, counselors, speakers, and pastors with years of expertise in grief recovery.

Video Seminars are designed to help you successfully travel the journey from mourning to joy.

Weekly seminar topics:

Is this Normal?
Challenges of Grief
The Journey of Grief  –  Part One
The Journey of Grief  –  Part Two
Grief and Your Relationships
Why?

Guilt and Anger

Complicating Factors

Stuck

Lessons of Grief  –  Part One

Lessons of Grief  –  Part Two

Heaven

What Do I Live for Now?

You are welcome to begin attending our GriefShare group at any session. Each is “self-contained” so you do not have to attend in sequence. You will find encouragement and help whenever you begin. You will be able to continue with GriefShare through the next cycle and view any of the videos you have not seen.

Horizon Hospice is offering this 13-week GriefShare program at our location:

Horizon Hospice – 123 W. Cascade Way, Suite A

Tuesdays @ 6:30pm.

Total cost is $15.00 for the workbook (optional).

For more information and to RSVP, please call 489-4581.

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LIVING WITH LOSS

Living with Loss is an educational grief support group offered twice a month with rotating topics.  Participants receive information about the featured topic and are invited to share their perspective and experiences.  Grieving, listening and sharing together can gradually help diminish your heartache.

Thursday, February 9th  Horizon Hospice Office  6:30 pm

FIVE HABITS OF THOSE WHO GRIEVE WELL

‘Grieving Well’ may seem to be a contradiction, it’s not.  The idea is, not to get good at grieving but, to move through a difficult period of life as smoothly as you can, without unnecessarily prolonging the grief.  We will share five habits that have enabled others to work through their grief favorably.  They are presented with the hope that your own grieving will bring wellness in spite of your wounds, and wholeness in spite of you loss.                   RSVP  489-4581  ALL ARE WELCOME

 

Thursday, FEBRUARY 23rd   Horizon Hospice Office  6:30 pm

MYTHS ABOUT GRIEF

Why can’t you get over this?  Time will heal all.  Your sister is coping okay why can’t you?  It’s time to move on.  Sound familiar?  Our society has impossible and unrealistic expectations for those of us who have suffered a major loss.  Come and explore cultural grief myths with us.  We will support each other by embracing our own authentic grief process.  Please RSVP  489-4581

 

 

 

 

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