Continuum of care comes full circle. Adding hospice care allows a Denver system to better meet patient needs.

Abstract

In November 1993 Hospice of Peace, a home hospice program in Denver, was reorganized under a new joint sponsorship of Provenant Health Partners and Catholic Charities and Community Services. Home hospice completes Provenant's continuum of healthcare. Based on the campus of Provenant Senior Life Center, Hospice of Peace employs multidisciplinary professionals who care for patients and their family care givers in their homes. Each hospice team works with a patient's physician and comes from a pool of primary care nurses, certified nurse assistants, social workers, counselors, pastoral care counselors, and specially trained volunteers and bereavement counselors. Respect for human life at all stages is the ethic behind the organizations' hospice efforts. Even at life's end, when aggressive medical treatment is no longer appropriate, healthcare professionals can enhance patients' quality of life and provide bereavement support to their loved ones. Just as Catholic healthcare addresses the spiritual component of healing, so it addresses the spiritual component of dying.

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@article{Rockers1994ContinuumOC, title={Continuum of care comes full circle. Adding hospice care allows a Denver system to better meet patient needs.}, author={T H Rockers and Bruce Hoagland}, journal={Health progress}, year={1994}, volume={75 7}, pages={44-5, 51} }