Home Care and Hospice Services
When a loved one needs health care at home, Forrest General Hospital's Home Care and Hospice Services are there for you. With many locations throughout South Mississippi, our qualified team of caring professionals are able to reach patients from all over the 19-county, Forrest Health service area.
The Asbury Hospice House
Forrest Health has been providing comprehensive, leading in-home hospice care to end-of-life patients for years. Understanding the complexity of care, we have created an in-patient hospice facility with a view to expanding our continuum of care.
Home Care Services
C.A.R.E.ing for You at Home: Forrest General Home Care provides specialized care, in the comfort of your home,when you are recovering from an illness, injury or surgery and is available for all ages.
Personalized home care is often the best course of treatment when a patient does not require the constant care provided by a hospital or nursing home.
The unique needs of a home care patient receive special attention from the home care staff. The staff consists of an interdisciplinary team of medical professionals who possess the knowledge and ability to provide superior care in any situation.
Forrest General Home Care is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Admission requires a physician's prescription, and anyone may request admission for themselves or a loved one. Home care is covered by many insurance companies for qualified individuals. We will file all claims and handle all paperwork to make your experience easier. Services are also provided under Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance). Medicaid recipients may also be eligible for home care.
Home Care Services include:
Skilled Nursing Care
A registered nurse continually evaluates a patient's needs and works closely with them and their family to determine the best ways to meet these needs. Services include:
- Teaching and supervising the family in assisting with the patient's health care needs
- Updating the primary care provider on patient status
- Coordinating services for the patient with other interdisciplinary team members
Wound/Ostomy Nursing Services
Our certified wound, ostomy and continence nurses continually evaluate and monitor a patient's wound and ostomy needs. Services include:
- Evaluating and monitoring skin and wound care needs
- Managing pressure sores
- Instructing family on wound/ostomy care
- Assisting in the management of urinary and fecal incontinence
- Controlling and managing fistulas, draining tubes and high-output wounds
Mental Health Nursing
Mental Health Nursing Services
A trained psychiatric nurse:
- Provides an initial evaluation under the direction of the treating physician
- Schedules follow-up visits
- Facilitates supportive psychotherapy, manages medication and monitors therapeutic drugs
Specially-trained nurses, under the direction of the patient's primary care provider, provide intravenous therapy for patients. Services include:
- Offering clinical pharmacy services
- Providing reimbursement management
Therapies provided include:
- IV antibiotic and antiviral
- Parenteral nutrition
- Pain management
- IV immunoglobulin
Registered physical therapists assist in patient care and rehabilitation as prescribed by the patient's physician. Services include:
- Planning and implementing a restorative exercise program
- Training in transfer, gait and prosthetics
- Evaluating the home environment and recommending modifications for safety
- Evaluating for use of equipment
- Instructing patient and family on how to continue the prescribed exercise program
- Monitoring and reporting patient's progress to their physician
Occupational therapists assist the physician in determining a patient's ability to perform activities of daily living and help patients regain independence through teaching self-care activities.Services
- Evaluating fine motor skills
- Determining need for prosthetic devices
- Teaching self-care activities such as dressing,cooking and writing
- Coaching a patient on the use of prosthetics,braces and assistive devices
- Developing a therapeutic plan with the patient and their family
- Monitoring and reporting the patient's progress to their physician
A master's level speech pathologist, certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association, provides speech therapy to qualified patients. Services include:
- Assisting the physician in the evaluation of speech or language problems
- Recommending corrective therapy
- Planning a program to improve or reestablish verbal communication
- Assisting with swallowing disorders
- Teaching patients and families how to participate in a therapy program
Medical Social Services
Home care social workers assist in evaluating social and emotional factors that affect a patient's health. Services include:
- Helping the patient understand, accept and follow the physician's plan of care
- Working with community resources to provide the best possible living environment
- Assistance in locating alternative financing for medication and other medical needs
Certified Diabetic Educator
A specially-trained clinician, certified in diabetes education, will provide evaluation and individualized instruction for patients with diabetes. Services include:
- Assessing the patient's condition
- Educating individual on disease management
- Setting individual goals
- Making food and nutrition recommendations
- Evaluating outcomes
Personal Care Services
A nursing assistant, under the supervision of a registered nurse, provides patients with personal care services to ensure a safe environment.Services include:
- Assisting with bathing
- Aiding in dressing
- Assisting with exercise programs
- Assisting with other activities of daily living
Hospice is a special way of caring for the terminally ill and their caregivers. Focusing on the whole person and not the disease, Hospice strives to take care of the patient's physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs, as well as the needs of the family. Hospice takes a team approach with each member of the team, offering a specific set of skills.
The special needs of a hospice patient require special attention from the hospice team. Hospice consists of an interdisciplinary team of medical professionals who possess the knowledge and ability to provide superior care in any situation.
Our professional staff create and coordinate an individualized plan of care for each patient. The patient's primary physician maintains the primary responsibility for the patient's care and is continually updated on their status by the hospice team. The team consists of:
- The patient's physician
- Registered nurse
- Nurses' assistants
- Social workers
- Pastoral counselor
- Bereavement coordinator
- Volunteer coordinator
Hospice Services include:
A registered nurse continually evaluates a patient's needs, and works closely with them and their family to determine the best ways to meet these needs. Services include:
- Health assessments/Palliative care
- Catheter insertion
- Wound and skin care
- Ostomy care
- Pain control/management
- Teaching care management through proper use of diet, medications and comfort measures
- Educating the patient and their family on the disease or disability to better help them meet their needs and cope with the illness
The hospice nursing assistant provides support with personal care needs as appropriate to each individual patient. Nursing assistants, under the guidance of a registered nurse, assist with the patient's personal care needs, such as bathing, exercising and walking.
Medical Social Services
Hospice social workers assist in evaluating social and emotional factors that affect a patient's health. Services include:
- Arranging services and assistance to meet the financial and social problems related to the illness
- Advocating for the patient and caretaker to have as much control as possible over the patient's life and the choices that are made about their care
- Counseling the patient and their family
Our hospice chaplain assists the patient and their family in their spiritual needs. Services include:
- Visiting the patient and their family as often as needed upon request
- Coordinating contact with the patient's and/or family's pastor, upon request
Bereavement Support Services
A bereavement coordinator arranges contact and support for the family for one year following the death of a loved one. Services include:
- Individual and family counseling
- Support to the bereaved family members
- Coordinating referrals for persons with a complicated grief reaction
- Adult bereavement support group
Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice program. Each volunteer is specially trained in the hospice philosophy, goals and areas of care that are consistent with the tasks they perform. Services include:
- Reading to patients
- Visiting patients
- Running errands
- Spiritual support
- Respite care
- Office tasks
Additional services are available to patients to enhance their quality of life and quality of care while in hospice. Services include:
- Certified wound/ostomy/continence nurses are available for consultation on wound, skin and ostomy care.
- Physical, occupational and speech therapy services are available for symptom control and to enable the patient to continue to perform activities of daily living and basic functional skills.
- A registered dietitian is available to perform nutritional assessments and counseling for special problems or dietary requirements.
- A pharmacist is available to assist the nurse in providing information on the patient's medication regime and to follow the status of symptom and pain control.
- Hospice provides medications related to the terminal illness, including pain control and medication for symptom relief.
- The patient and their caretaker are informed of any medication not covered by hospice during their admission appointment.
- Hospice provides all medical supplies that are necessary for medical treatment, including syringes, catheters, wound dressings, linen savers or diapers.
- Other supplies that are provided as needed are wheelchairs, oxygen, bedside commode chairs, hospital beds and nebulizers.