Home Health & Hospice

What is home health?
An individual's own home is often the best place to recuperate or rehabilitate. The comfort of familiar people and surroundings promote healing. In addition, today's economic environment often means minimizing medical costs by shortening hospital stays and encouraging individuals to use outpatient surgery when available. Because people recuperating at home may have complicated conditions that require medical supervision, we offer Home Health Services to bridge the gap between the hospital and full recovery.

Home Health Services also provides medical services for homebound or elderly individuals who wish to remain at home as an alternative to institutionalized care. We work with family members to teach necessary skills to ensure the dignity and independence of each individual.

Home Health Services
Quality of life is of primary importance to the Home Health professionals. To best help in recuperation and rehabilitation, the following services are brought to private homes.

  • Skilled Nursing Care - nurses work closely with an individual's physician to meet specific requirements
  • Physical Therapy - treatment designed and implemented for each person's special needs
  • Occupational Therapy - designed to increase function through therapeutic use of everyday activities
  • Social Worker - assists in living problems and resolving financial needs
  • Nutritional Services
  • Home Health Aides - aides work in the home under the supervision of a registered nurse, providing personal care services such as bathing
  • 24 Hour Coverage - a nurse is available to assist you regardless of the time of day

Getting Started
Many individuals are referred to Home Health Services by their physician, family or friends. Others self refer. If you are interested in home health, we would be glad to assist you in discussing it with your doctor to determine whether these services would be appropriate for you. Call 509-682-3300 for more information.

There are many payment options for home services. They often include Medicare, Medicaid, insurance or private payment plans. The business office staff can assist in determining the options appropriate in your situation.

No matter what hosital you are in or discharged from, you may use our Home Health Services based in the Lake Chelan Valley. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation or the ability to pay.

What is Hospice?
Hospice & Palliative Care is a team of volunteers and health care professionals who provide services and support to persons with limited life expectancy and their loved ones. Through the centuries, the word hospice has meant a resting place for travelers. In modern times, the word is used to describe a special concept of care for people who are facing a life-limiting illness or injury.

Hospice and palliative care is oriented around the belief that every person has the right to die with dignity, free from pain and other unnecessary physical and mental suffering. To achieve this, a team of health care professionals and volunteers work together to provide patients and their loved ones with the physical, emotional and spiritual comfort they need as they deal with this difficult time of life. Because no two situations are alike, care plans are individualized to meet the unique needs of each person involved.

The goal of Hospice is to make a patient's final days as pain-free, pleasant and meaningful as possible. Services are provided to meet the medical, spiritual and emotional needs of patients and their families. In coordination with the rest of the Hospice team, volunteers may perform many services to assist the patient and family:

  • Respite Care
  • Companionship
  • Light Household Chores
  • Personal Care Tasks
  • Errands
  • Letter Writing and more

How is Hospice supported?
Health care insurance pays most of the cost for patients that have coverage. However, we endeavor to provide hospice and palliative care for all those that need this service, regardless of ability to pay. To pay for services in these cases, donations and memorial gifts are needed. Donations are fully tax deductible and may be used to provide assistance to those without resources.

Who are the Volunteers?
Volunteers are sensitive, caring individuals who have been carefully screened and trained to serve families with a terminally ill member. Volunteers have a variety of skills that can be used to provide relief for families of the terminally ill. Volunteer service is coordinated and supervised by the staff of Lake Chelan Community Hospital

To Donate
To donate to the Hospice program, please make check out to LCCH Home Health & Hospice and send to:

LCCH Home Health & Hospice
PO Box 908
Chelan, WA. 98816.

Patient Referrals: Call 509-682-8235. Fax information to 509-682-3826.

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