In an effort to serve more people in the Portland metropolitan area, Housecall Providers has announced that it will open its hospice program to the broader community.
Since opening in 2009, Housecall Providers Hospice has been delivering end-of-life care exclusively to the nonprofit’s homebound primary care patients. Numerous requests for hospice care from facilities and community members throughout the years made it clear that expanding services is an important step toward fulfilling more of its mission in the community.
“We greatly value the relationships that we have with primary care providers and are looking forward to building on those positive connections as we increase our hospice care throughout the metropolitan area,” remarked Housecall Providers Hospice Program Director, Rebecca Ashling, MSN-RN.
Hospice became a Medicare benefit in 1982 and is a philosophy of care that focuses on patient comfort and quality of life rather than curing the patient’s disease. It is a program that addresses the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of the patient and delivers care wherever the patient may reside.
Each year, Housecall Providers Hospice cares for hundreds of people nearing the end of their lives, and consistently receives high marks from family members. Survey results from last year revealed that 94% of respondents believed the care their loved one received was excellent or very good. Housecall Providers Hospice participates in an accreditation process every three years through the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP).
In addition to primary care and hospice, Housecall Providers offers transitional care to support patients when emergency services or hospitalizations are required. This continuum of care represents the nonprofit’s commitment to offering its patients unparalleled support in the latter stages of their lives.