Levels of Care for Hospice Patients in the Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice.
Respite programs are planned short-term and time-limited breaks for families and other unpaid care givers.
Even though many families want to provide care to their loved ones so that they can remain at home, the physical, emotional and financial consequences for the family caregiver can be overwhelming without some support, such as respite. Respite care provides that much needed break for the family caregiver, which also is beneficial to the health of the caregiver and promotes a balance of life.
For the patient who is in need of short term care for the control of pain or management of acute and severe clinical problems with symptoms that cannot be achieved in a home setting. This needed care requires the continued supervision of a qualified professional to ensure proper administration of medications and treatments and is allowable until the symptoms are under control.
Routine Home Care:
When a patient enrolls in a hospice program, there is a wide array of services which are to be provided. If the patient does not have symptoms which are out of control and which require continuous nursing care, then the patient is placed on the Routine Home Care Level of Services. This level applies whether the patient resides in a facility or in his or her own home.
The Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice will be a facility providing a comforting, home-like setting for patients in need of routine hospice care but for whatever reason can no longer remain in their home. Although hospice has traditionally cared for patients in their own homes, in many situations home care is not possible. The hospice home offers terminally ill patients a comfortable, family-friendly alternative to the hospital or their own home with the trained hospice team of professionals on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
DREAMS DO COME TRUE!
On a windy day in March, 2013 members from the community, friends, staff, board members and family joined clergy and dignitaries to break ground for a hospice home to be built on 9+ acres in Fredon Township that hospice purchased in September, 2013. With shovels in hand, it was the start of a new phase in the life of the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice.
On September 25, 2014 we gathered to give thanks for the fulfillment of a dream that started many years ago, by my beloved husband, Joe and I. After our personal experience and visiting hospices across the country, we recognized the importance of family at the bedside of a loved one at a most difficult time in their life.
Family members, staff, board members, friends and 100’s from the community joined dignitaries to witness the Ribbon Cutting of The Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice. We stood quietly as Rev. William Collins, St. Jude the Apostle church gave thanks and blessings for this momentous day. Debbie Nannery sang the National Anthem as the Honor Guard raised the Flag. It was a time to remember the past thirty-four years that our hospice cared for patients in Sussex, Warren and Pike County PA. This day, our team of dedicated professionals look forward giving the same excellent care around the clock seven days a week in these home like and peaceful surroundings.
As they toured the home many remarked, “That it had a home-like setting”. They continued the tour, visiting the Meditation Room with a calming waterfall, the Family Room, a kitchen and family dining area opened to the children’s play area and the private bedrooms that open to a private patio. Many gathered on the patio and were awed by the magnificent sun set over the Kittatinny Mountain Range. I can only hope that our patients and families will feel peace and calm as they witness the beauty of their surrounding visible four seasons of the year.
My sincere thanks and gratitude to all who believe in hospice and made a dream come true. Our dedicated staff will be present for you and families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Julia Duane Quinlan, Co-Founder
Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice
Chairman of Governing Board