Pennyroyal Hospice provides a very special kind of loving care for persons with life-limiting illness; working also with their loved ones to provide support and a wide range of health and support services.
An assigned registered nurse makes regular visits and evaluates the patient’s condition. They talk regularly with the patient’s physician about appropriate continuing treatment. The nurse teaches the patient’s family and friends to be caregivers and to manage pain and other symptoms. There is a nurse on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to any emergency. An assigned hospice nurse visits the patient at least once a week, or as needed, depending upon the patient’s condition.
Professional Home Care Aides
Certified home care aides change beds and provide personal care such as bathing, shaving, nail care, shampooing and dressing. A nurse aide is available to visit a patient up to seven days per week, depending upon the patient’s condition and the family’s wishes.
Licensed Social Workers
Licensed social workers help with psychological and emotional problems, arrange for delivery of community services and medical equipment, and provide counseling for patients and their families.
Our chaplain consults with and assists the patient and their families with their spiritual concerns, complimenting the patient’s own minister when appropriate.
Trained hospice volunteers are available to assist patients and their families with various activities or to stay with the patient so that caregivers can go shopping, enjoy social engagements or have some free time to run errands or simply attend events with family and friends.
Our social workers help the family through the grief process for at least one year following a patient’s death. They provide educational home visits, periodic written materials and follow-up phone calls. Grief workshops are also available.
What is Provided?
Hospice care is a covered benefit under Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance sold in the State of Kentucky.
The Medicare hospice benefit provides the following services:
- Nursing services on an intermittent basis
- Physician services
- Drugs, including outpatient drugs for pain relief and medical symptom management
- Home health aide services
- Medical supplies and equipment
- Short-term inpatient care, including respite care
- Social services
- Spiritual, dietary and other counseling
- Continuous care during periods of crisis
- Trained volunteers
- Bereavement counseling for up to 13 months following a patient’s death
Hospice services are available to anyone who:
- Has in the opinion of their attending physician six months or less of life expectancy if the disease follows its normal course.
- Resides or is able to reside within the five county service area of Caldwell, Christian, Lyon, Todd and Trigg counties.
- Has made a decision with their attending physician to seek quality of life and comfort care rather than curative treatment.
- Has a competent person willing to be trained in hospice care and take responsibility when the patient is unable to do so.
- Agrees to the course of care established by hospice, the patient, the family and attending physician.
Patients who have no primary caregiver will be evaluated for eligibility on an individual, case-by-case basis.
Our program provides support and care for persons in the last phase of an incurable disease so they can live as fully and comfortably as possible for as long as possible. Hospice services include care from a medical team consisting of a nurse, nurse aide, social worker, chaplain, clinical director and medical director. We also provide trained volunteers to assist the patient and their family when needed.
Pennyroyal Hospice services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are available to patients and their families without regard to sex, nationality, race, creed, sexual orientation, disability or ability to pay. We serve patients of all ages, from infants to seniors. We work with all terminally ill patients, including:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Lung diseases
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Renal diseases
- Diabetes mellitus
- Liver diseases
- Cancers of all categories
- Other terminal conditions