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Our Services

What can I expect from Seward Area Hospice?

Honesty, professionalism and confidentiality. We will listen to your story and encourage you to express your needs and what is most important to you and your family during this difficult time.

 

A Seward Area Hospice staff member will provide an initial visit to assess the needs of the client and the family after receiving a referral from the medical provider, client or family member.  A Plan of Care will then be developed and signed by the client, Nurse Educator and the client’s Medical Provider. We will honor your choices and walk through this journey with you.

Palliative Care

Palliative Care is a specialized form of care focused on individuals who are experiencing a serious illness or disease and have a life expectancy around one year or less.  We focus on supporting patients and their families as they cope with the many burdens of a serious illness.  The goal is to improve the quality of life for clients, caregivers, and families.

Palliative Care services include:

  • Volunteer companioning and supportive services                  

  • Assistance with Advance Planning discussion

  • Assistance with accessing community resources                    

  • Emotional, spiritual and psychosocial support 

  • Nurse Educator (RN) assessment and education                      

  • Respite care for the client and caregivers    

 

Hospice Care

Hospice Care is available to any person whose life is measured in terms of days to weeks to months. It allows goals to shift from frequently futile attempts at cure and struggling to survive, to a focus on remaining as comfortable as possible and achieving personal growth in the time left. Hospice doesn't focus on helping someone to die, but to "live well until they die."

Hospice Care services include:

  • All Palliative Care services

  • Sharing techniques for client home care needs

  • Anticipatory grief support for the client/family

  • Facilitation of discussing funeral plans

  • Assistance with obtaining needed DME’s

  • Bereavement support for the family

  • Direction by the Medical Provider

 

Through scheduled visits and family meetings, the client and whoever they choose will remain informed about their condition and what to expect in the days ahead. The family/caregiver will receive education and empowerment to help care for the client in all stages of the disease process.

 

We can assist with coordination of medical equipment and varied community resources. We can assist with support needs ranging from letter writing to running errands or phoning a loved one to respite for the caregiver. Grief support and education for the client and family is offered and recognized as a valuable part of the hospice experience.

 

Our service area is from Lowell Point, including Seward and Moose Pass, to mile 36 on the Seward Highway. All services are free of charge.

 

Our mission is to provide you with the comfort, dignity and choice that you deserve. We promise to meet you where you are at, to listen to your needs and support you in in anyway we are able to. See below for details of what we offer.

Trained Volunteers

Trained Volunteers performing direct, non-professional support for the terminally ill person and his or her family. For most people, comfort care means the ability to remain at home, close to family and friends, instead of going to the hospital for uncomfortable treatments of limited value. All care is home-based.

Bereavement Support

We are here to support you as you grieve the loss of your loved one. Seward Area Hospice offers outreach to families suffering loss, community grief groups and referrals for professional help as needed.

Access to information

Information related to terminal illness, coping with loss, dying, and bereavement. Through individual contact, as well as a lending library and community education, hospice provides assistance to those working through anticipated or long-past losses.

Acceptance of all beliefs

Support for spiritual beliefs held and desired by the person. Volunteers support the individual's spiritual beliefs, or lack of belief, or any preference for privacy on this subject, through respecting that preference. The person's spiritual advisor, if they have one, remains so.

Access to medical equipment

A Durable Medical Equipment lending program. Seward Area Hospice will assist people in obtaining medical equipment through the Independent Living Center.