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Frequently Asked Questions
To ensure patients and families can focus on spending time together without worry, we shoulder the burdens families typically face alone, whether it’s working with Medicare and health insurance providers or helping patients with ongoing medical appointments.
Our vehicles can easily accommodate walkers, wheelchairs and gurneys, and, like all of our services, our pricing is flat, transparent and always reasonable.
Home health services cover a wide range of conditions, including:
- Wound care
- IV therapy
- Chronic disease management, including
- CHF, COPD, diabetes and hypertension
- Pain management
- Post-surgical care
- Post-stroke care
Home Health provides patients with skilled nurses, LVNs, counselors, occupational and physical therapists, empowering post-surgery, wound care and rehabilitation at home, helping patients recover without the need for extended hospital stays.
Home Care provides caretakers to help patients with every aspect of everyday life, from personal care, feeding and medication administration to housekeeping and running errands.
- Medical equipment, medication, and therapeutic diet training
- IV therapy
- Wound Care
- Chronic disease management
- Post-surgical care
- Occupational, physical and speech therapy
- Nutrition counseling
- Assistance with living with disabilities
- Supplemental health education pursuant to doctor’s orders
Residential care facilities are smaller environments with fewer residents than traditional assisted living facilities, allowing for more personalized care. Parentis Health’s Verona Court homes feature no more than six residents, with two full-time caregivers who live on site; ensuring residents experience a continuous care ratio of 1:3.
Each Verona Court home is located in an upscale neighborhood, comfortable, secure, and beautifully appointed with all of the comforts of home. Ample communal spaces foster meaningful relationships between fellow residents and caregivers.
Each facility has a minimum of two caregivers and a dedicated night-shift caregiver (as needed), plus LVNs and RNs onsite every day, ensuring that your loved ones are always safe and secure and help is always on-hand.
Hospice covers treatments for symptom control or pain relief, durable medical equipment, medical supplies, and a variety of services covered by Medicare necessary to manage the person’s pain and other symptoms related to the terminal illness. This may include physical, speech, and occupational therapy, short-term inpatient and respite care, regular visits and oversight from a care team including a nurse, home health aides, a social worker, the hospice chaplain, and the hospice physician.
Patient, or the patient’s responsible party, always has the freedom to choose their Hospice, as well as revoke Hospice services at any time.
While “comfort care” and “palliative care” are basically the same, hospice is a far more robust approach, engaging entire teams to help provide comfort and care to patients and families.
“Comfort care” and “palliative care” aren’t always afforded the same sense of expediency as hospice care. One of the advantages of hospice care is the speed at which healthcare is delivered. Medications, equipment, and treatment can be delivered anytime to wherever a patient is, without the need for physician appointments or authorizations.
In any disease trajectory, there are three possible outcomes: stability, improvement, or decline. Patients in decline may qualify for hospice care.
To qualify for hospice, a patient’s prognosis is assessed according to five criteria:
- If the patient’s quality of life would not be improved by aggressive treatment such as hospitalization, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or hemodialysis
- A patient’s nutritional status, generally determined by poor appetite and weight loss
- How functional a patient is, and how much this has changed recently
- The normal progression of a specific disease
- Physicians make assessments based on a patient’s declining health during a 12 month period, as well as projections on disease progression six months out, using guidelines set forth by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
- CMS has issued guidelines for specific diseases, including AIDS, cancer, dementia, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, ALS, heart and liver failure
Patients meeting this criteria may receive hospice care with a referral from their attending physician.
Hospice does not have to be a permanent choice. It is an elective benefit that can be revoked at any time.
Hospice assists patients and families alike, so we provide a full complement of services designed to support both, in-home or wherever needed, including:
- Observation and assessment
- Guidance on advance directives and other planning
- Caregiver education
- Skilled nursing care
- Pain and symptom management
- Daily living assistance
- Speech therapy services
- Emotional and spiritual support
- Bereavement support and grief counseling
Parentis Health has a full team of experts to support patients and families, including:
- Nurse practitioners
- Nursing aids
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech therapists
- Social workers
- Spiritual advisors
Our hospice team is also on-call 24/7/365 whenever, and wherever we’re needed.
We provide whatever support patients and families need, however they need it, from our skilled nurses to our volunteers.
We also have an in-house Chaplain and Bereavement Counselor on-call to offer comfort in all forms—from spiritual support and grief counseling to just being an extra pair of eyes and ears.