Kaua`i Hospice provides its services to individuals who are diagnosed with a life-limiting illness with a prognosis of six months or less. The philosophy of Hospice is centered on helping patients and their families understand that death is a natural part of life and therein lies the opportunity to increase the quality of life by offering choices, hope and self-determination. Death is something we all experience, and Kaua`i Hospice is a trusted companion that can help patients make informed decisions about the care they receive in their final days. Kaua`i Hospice enables individuals to be empowered to live life on their own terms and to celebrate a life lived instead of seeing a hopeless end. By planning end-of-life issues ahead of time and receiving the quality healthcare needed, patients can enjoy their last days celebrating time spent living. Kaua`i Hospice is dedicated to instilling hope not hopelessness amongst its patients and families.
Hospice care is frequently mistaken as care for patients only with end-stage cancer. However, the types of illnesses in patients served by hospice have evolved and we have expertise in the care of patients with many life-limiting illnesses and conditions, such as:
- Alzheimer’s and other dementias
- ALS, also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Renal or respiratory/pulmonary disease (end stage)
- Sometimes in the last months of life, people may simply lose weight and become weaker for no apparent reason. This is called “Adult Failure to Thrive” and meets the medical criteria for hospice services.
Hospice care emphasizes the notion that Kaua`i Hospice treats the needs of the person, not the disease or diagnosis. Kaua`i Hospice’s interdisciplinary team of professionals – physicians, nurses, medical social worker, therapists, home health aides, spiritual care coordinator, volunteer coordinator, volunteers and counselors – work together to manage the individualized care plans and needs of each patient and family, enabling them to complete their lives in peace with a sense of grace, dignity and comfort. All personnel hired to perform job duties and functions for Kaua`i Hospice has undergone careful screening, reference checks, background checks, health/drug screening and evaluations to determine the qualifications of each individual to fulfill their job descriptions. By addressing the emotional, spiritual and psychosocial issues that accompany the patient’s physical needs at the end-of-life, Kaua`i Hospice is able to provide comprehensive care to nearly 300 people each year. This comprehensive program is called our Boundless Compassion Hospice Care Program.
Kaua`i Hospice’s programs, people and achievements are exceptional:
- In our most recent round of Family Evaluation and Hospice Care surveys, Kaua`i Hospice continued to outperform the State and National benchmarks. We are proud to announce that 100% of respondents said they would recommend Kaua`i Hospice to others.
- In addition, 100% of respondents indicated they received end of life care that respected the patient’s wishes, as well as exceptional communication about the patient’s illness and outcome of care; and 100% said they received the emotional support they needed prior to the patient’s death.
- Unparalleled grief support programs and services are recognized internationally as models of excellence.
- Unique children’s grief programs require a special set of skills and resources to care for those often referred to as ‘forgotten mourners.”
- Through careful planning and implementation of even greater community education programs, Kaua`i Hospice intends to increase and maintain a higher patient census than in prior years.
- Recruiting and retention of outstanding volunteers has increased and continuing educational training programs have been expanded.