3001 Lake Brook Blvd. Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37909
Telephone: (865) 374-0600,
The Hospice Philosophy -- Considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care at the end of life, hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. Support is extended to the patient’s loved ones as well. At the center of hospice is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so.
Hospice focuses on caring, not curing, and in most cases care is provided in the patient’s home. Hospice care also is provided in hospitals, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, as well as freestanding hospice facilities. Hospice services are available to patients of any age, religion, race, or illness. (From the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization)
Covenant Hospice was the first hospice program in the state of Tennessee. The butterfly has always been the symbol of Covenant Hospice, symbolizing that death is not an end, but a transformation.
Advantages of Hospice Care
1) Hospice treats the person, not the disease. It focuses on the family, not just the individual. Hospice emphasizes the quality, not the duration, of life.
2) Hospice care allows terminally ill patients and their families to remain together in the comfort of home, promoting peace and dignity.
3) Hospice uses an interdisciplinary approach, combining the knowledge and skills of a team of professionals.
4) Hospice provides a comprehensive continuum of services.
5) Hospice care has proven to be a cost-effective alternative to hospitals and nursing homes, since the majority of hospice services are delivered in the home.
The Hospice Team -- Covenant Hospice uses an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals and volunteers to address physical, emotional, and spiritaul needs. Hospice recognizes the patient and family as the unit of care. The hospice team works witht he patient/family to establish and coordinate an individualized plan of care.
Our hospice team includes:
- Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurses
- Certified Nursing Assistants
- Specially Trained Volunteers
Hospice Services -- Unlike curative or aggressive care, Hospice care stresses relief of pain and uncomfortable symptoms. Services covered and provided by hospice help manage the terminal illness. These services can be provided in the home, which is defined as where the patient resides. Here are some of the services provided by hospice:
- Skilled and Supportive Nursing Care
- Patient and Family Counseling
- Pain and Symptom Management
- Medical Equipment and Supplies
Hospice Levels of Care
Routine Care: Intermittent care provided in the patient’s home based on needs.
Continuous Care: Provided during times of crisis in an attempt to maintain the patient at home. The hospice must provide a minimum of eight (8) hours of care during a twenty-four (24) hour day beginning/ending at midnight. Hours of care
do not need to be consecutive. An RN/LPN must provide more than half of the care.
Respite Care: Designed to provide a period of rest for the caregiver. This is provided out of the home in five-day increments. Respite care may be provided at a contracted hospital, nursing home, or a residential hospice facility.
General Inpatient: When the patient’s symptoms cannot be successfully managed at home, general inpatient care becomes necessary. This service will be a short stay at a contracted hospital, nursing home, or residential hospice facility. Treatment must conform to the patient’s plan of care. When control of symptoms is achieved, the patient will return home with his or her primary caregiver.