The Arizona valley, sometimes referred to as Metro Phoenix or the “Valley of the Sun”, includes Maricopa and Pinal counties. It has roughly 5 million residents and about 10% are seniors. When they need hospice care or palliative care at any time in their life, our AZ valley hospice care services can be provided in the comfort of their own valley home.
Family Comfort Hospice is a team of trained professionals – physicians, nurses, social workers, spiritual counselors, therapists, aides and volunteers – who provide home hospice care and support not only to the patient but also to the entire family. Our AZ valley hospice services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We strive to do more than is expected or required for our patients and their family, in an environment of hope, comfort and dignity.
Hospice Care: Where to Start
Hospice is a philosophy of providing comfort and support to a person and their family towards end of life. It’s a special kind of care designed to provide sensitive support for people in the final phase of a life-limiting illness. Learn more about AZ valley Hospice services here.
The best time to learn about hospice care is before you need them. Family Comfort Hospice will guide you through every step of the process. Financial assistance is provided by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance providers. We will assist you in obtaining any financial assistance that is available to you.
Individualized Hospice Home Care Plans in the AZ Valley
Family Comfort Hospice will assess the patient’s needs, establish goals and develop a customized, individualized Comfort & Care Plan in partnership with the patient, family and physician.
You will find useful information at the following sites to familiarize yourself with hospice care:
Our AZ valley hospice care team is available around the clock to provide a comprehensive range of hospice services to fit the needs of each individual. We adapt as a patient’s needs change and work closely with family members to determine what is required. Our approach is interdisciplinary and our collaborative team includes a wide range of specialty and expertise, including:
- Attending Physician
- Hospice Medical Director
- Clinical Director
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- Social Worker (MSW)
- Home Health Aides/Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)
- Hospice Chaplain / Bereavement Coordinator
- Hospice Care Volunteers
AZ Valley Palliative Care
Palliative Care aims to help improve the quality of life and reduce the symptoms of anyone who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Palliative services benefit both patients and their families through prevention and relief of suffering by identification, assessment and treatment of pain and other physical, psychological, social and spiritual challenges. Our AZ valley palliative care team is made up of doctors, nurses, and other professional medical caregivers who administer or oversee most of the ongoing comfort-care patients receive. Additionally, there are no time restrictions on the palliative services. It can be received by patients at any time, at any stage of illness, whether it may be terminal or not.
To learn more about our compassionate Valley hospice and palliative care services contact us.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for Hospice Care?
Hospice is available for patients with a life expectancy of 6 months, or less, as certified by their doctor and the hospice medical director. Conditions can include any terminal condition including cancer, renal failure, cardiac or any other terminal condition.
What services are provided?
Family Comfort Hospice provides a variety of services as determined in the care plan for the patient. This could include symptom relief through medication and therapy, spiritual and emotional support including the family, and home care from trained caregivers. See our hospice services page for a complete description. Also see What is Hospice Care?
What services are provided to keep the patient comfortable?
Keeping the patient comfortable and pain-free is an important part of hospice care. The hospice staff works with the patient’s primary care physician to make sure that the care plan , which includes medication, therapies, and other support services, is designed to keep the patient as comfortable as possible. This plan is reviewed by the entire IDT every two weeks, to assure that the plan of care is providing adequate relief. Hospice services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to make sure this happens.
How does hospice care begin?
Typically, hospice care starts as soon as a formal request or a referral is made by the patient’s doctor. This is followed by a hospice RN visit to verify the condition and set a plan of action, usually within a day or two of the referral. However, hospice services may begin sooner if necessary.
Must I be cared for at home?
Hospice services are provided in many settings including nursing facilities or long-term care facilities. The patient will receive visits from hospice nurses, home health aides, chaplains, social workers, and volunteers in addition to other care and services provided by the nursing facility.
What financial assistance is available for hospice care?
Financial assistance is provided by Medicare and Medicaid as well as by most private insurance providers. The Medicare Hospice Benefit covers the full scope of medical and support services including support for the family with a variety of services. Family Comfort Hospice will assist you in obtaining financial assistance that is available to you.