Through our Boundless Compassion Program, Kaua`i Hospice strives to ensure the highest quality of life possible for individuals and their families as they face life-threatening illnesses. Support is offered through a personalized plan of care to ease the many different types of pain facing patients and families during such a difficult period of time. The Hospice Team –medical director, registered nurses, social worker, spiritual counselor, trained volunteers, home health aide and bereavement care coordinator assists patients to live their lives comfortably without pain, managing the symptoms of the illness. Extensive assistance, information and education are provided to their families. All of the care provided to the hospice patient is approved and directed by the patient’s personal physician together with the Kaua`i Hospice Medical Director.
Formerly, the Hospice Care Program, the Boundless Compassion Program unifies the following components:
Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death. The aim is to focus on the comfort of the patient rather than on the disease or its treatment; therefore, hospice nurses make regularly scheduled visits to the patient providing expert pain management and symptom control techniques. Throughout this time, the nurse keeps the primary physician informed of the patient’s condition. Nurses provide the complete spectrum of skilled nursing care and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Home health aides provide assistance with the personal care of the patient.
Social workers provide assistance with practical and financial concerns as well as emotional support and counseling. They evaluate the need for volunteers and other support services needed by the family and facilitate communication between the family and community agencies. Chaplains provide spiritual support to patients and families, often serving as a liaison between them and their religious community. Chaplains often assist with memorial services and funeral arrangements.
Bereavement Care Program
Grief is an emotionally intense journey, and it is also a very physical experience for most grieving persons. Even when the death is expected, grief may strike with the force of a physical blow, leaving the caregiver shaken emotionally and physically. Loss forever changes the world of the bereaved. It’s a new personal, social and spiritual environment. Grieving people need information and education about the grief process and its powerful emotions. The Bereavement Care Program is open to anyone grieving the death of a loved one no matter when or where the death occurred.
Volunteer Training and Support Program
Volunteers are vital to every part of Kaua`i Hospice’s programs. Services provided include patient and family care, bereavement support, office work, public education and fundraising. The nature of Hospice Care requires a very special kind of volunteer; so all volunteers are screened and extensively trained before they begin working with families.
Community & Professional Education Program
Kaua`i Hospice actively represents the point of view that death is a natural part of life. We reach out to the community at large as well as the professional community to offer information and education regarding care at the end of life. We serve as a resource on issues related to death, dying, grief and bereavement by sponsoring educational workshops, coordinating volunteer in-service training, attending health fairs and speaking to community and professional organizations.