How Casa de la Luz Hospice Provides Care in the Home

| By Jodi Horton

Casa de la Luz Hospice participates in the time-honored hospice tradition of supporting people to live until they die in the comfort of their own homes. This tradition echoes earlier times, when dying was accepted as the natural closing of the circle of life, reflecting the rhythm of life in the fields and in the passing of the seasons.

Hospice care is now the recognized specialty and model of compassionate end-of-life care, where expert medical knowledge is utilized in the service of comfort, not cure. Sophisticated advances in symptom management allow for the majority of this care to be provided in the home setting once more. The Medicare Hospice Benefit was designed especially to support home hospice care.

The ability to remain at home provides a sense of control in one’s environment. You are able to enjoy life’s pleasures and to strengthen bonds with loved ones within the privacy and intimacy of your home. The familiarity of home soothes, comforts, and promotes relaxation, from the peace of the desert patio to the pleasures of family life. The rich potential for continued growth at the end of life often blossoms in the comfort of home.

In order to provide professional and enduring hospice care in the home setting, Casa de la Luz asks that a full-time primary caregiver be available as needed. Should you or your family need to hire a caregiver for this purpose, the Casa social worker can provide a list of agencies to you. All caregivers are trained and supported by Casa hospice professionals who make scheduled visits and are available in times of need or crisis, 24 hours a day.

Casa de la Luz Hospice is sensitive to the needs of caregivers, be they family members, friends, or other professionals. Counseling is offered to caregivers as an integral part of hospice care. Short periods of respite care may be provided to you outside of the home setting, so that your caregivers may rest and replenish their ability to go on caring for you. Respite is also provided by Casa volunteers. They may become a companion to you, or they may sit quietly, honoring your right to privacy as your caregiver takes a break.

We consider it our privilege and duty to respect and help preserve your lifestyle, individuality, and dignity as we enter your home.

For more information about hospice care in the Pima County or southern Pinal County areas, contact Casa de la Luz Hospice at (520) 544-9890. We would be happy to answer your questions and provide a no-cost evaluation to see if you or a loved one is eligible for home hospice care.

 

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