Specialty care for a unique diagnosis.
We believe that each patient under our care deserves focused, tailored treatment designed to alleviate pain and symptoms unique to their diagnosis. Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region has several programs for specific diagnoses that may be helpful for you and your family.
what is our dementia care program?
Caring for a loved one with dementia is difficult, but you're not alone. . .
Caring for a loved one with dementia is often very difficult, with family and other caregivers experiencing high levels of both physical and emotional stress. In an effort to alleviate some of this anxiety, Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region has created a specialized care plan for patients diagnosed with dementia, which also includes support and education for caregivers.
The extensive training provides tools to physicians, RNs, nursing assistants, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers and includes instruction on increasing or maintaining a patient’s quality of life, appropriate pain and symptom management, and Advance Care Planning (i.e. Living Will, Health Care Power of Attorney). There is even social support for caregivers.
We have trained clinical staff to understand the symptoms of dementia and we have introduced a pain assessment tool specifically designed for patients with impaired communication. These teams also work with therapeutic sensory kits containing aromatherapy scents and tactile stimuli, incorporating items reminiscent of their patients' childhood or career, music from their youth, and more. These kits are designed to stimulate the brain and increase communication with both the care team and family members.
making an impact with ipads
Sometimes the best medicine is unexpected, as we've found within our iPad program. . .
Our staff have had great success using iPads with specific applications to interest patients with dementia. Social workers use iPads with specific applications that have produced interaction with patients. Over the past several years, we have seen amazing results. Even our most unresponsive patients have interacted with the iPads that have been brought to visits. A diagnosis of dementia can be frightening for a family, but this new program offers a glimpse of the loved one they know is still there.
This initiative is being implemented in homes, assisted-living communities, and skilled nursing facilities. We believe that this new program will make a significant impact in the end-of-life care that our patients with advanced dementia receive.
In order to offer even better care to our patients living with dementia, HPCCR has a goal of purchasing iPads for all of our social workers to use with this project. You can help us reach this goal by making a gift to fund this meaningful project.
Thank you to the Mecklenburg Medical Alliance & Endowment for their grant to support "Positive Approach to Care," a hospice training program that provides volunteers and staff with a deeper understanding of dementia and dementia related behaviors.
what is our pediatric care program?
Compassionate, best-in-class, care for our children. . .
Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region is committed to providing compassionate care to people of all ages. We are one of only a few hospice and palliative care programs in the United States that provides a specialized program of care for seriously ill children and perinatal patients and we are the only dedicated pediatric program in our area.
We are a licensed provider of Kids Path®, a unique program founded in Greensboro, NC that offers a different approach for care and support. Team-oriented care is offered by a nurse, social worker, volunteer, and other specialists as needed, such as a chaplain or therapist.
Children with illnesses, need the type of care that only our Kids Path® program can provide. . .
All children need special care. Children with illnesses, however, need the type of care that only our Kids Path® program can provide. Kids Path is a unique program for children, ranging in age from infancy to eighteen years of age, who are living with a serious illness or condition. Our pediatric care team offers physical, emotional, and spiritual care with a goal of enhancing the quality of life for children and teens and also their families.
A Kids Path staff RN can make intermittent home visits (as ordered by a doctor). Kids Path team members may include a social worker, nursing assistant, physical therapist, and other disciplines as ordered, to meet specific treatment goals. A physician's order is required for home care services.
How is Kids Path paid for?
Community contributions and limited reimbursement from insurance and Medicaid have enabled HPCCR to offer the community this comprehensive and specialized program which incorporates direct care for ill children in their homes and support services for families and grieving children.
We also rely on community donations for support of our Kids path program. Thank you for your financial support and for attending events that benefit our patients and their families. Your support helps us to continue our mission to care for the children who need us.
What type of qualifications do pediatric nurses have at HPCCR?
Our Registered Nurses are nationally Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurses (CHPPN).
Click on this link to view an innovative YouTube video but Adeline Brady, which explains the benefits of Kids Path: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSRgyGtGegQ
chameleon's journey grief camp
Chameleon's Journey is a grief camp for children and teens. . .
Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region offers bereavement and grief support services for children. Through counseling sessions as well as our Chameleon's Journey Grief Camp for children and teens, we offer specialized care for children who have suffered a significant loss.
what is our veteran care program?
We understand that our Veterans have unique needs and we proudly serve them. . .
One out of every four individuals who die in the United States is a Veteran. And Veterans often have unique needs at end of life.
We have partnered with the “We Honor Veterans” program, a joint initiative of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Department of Veteran Affairs. Comprised of four levels, HPCCR has achieved Partner Level Five, the highest recognition of this esteemed program. This distinction reflects our continuing commitment and dedication to providing Veteran-centric education to staff and volunteers, developing and strengthening relationships with VA medical centers and other Veteran organizations, and most importantly, ensuring Veterans have access to quality end-of-life care.
HPCCR staff members receive ongoing training throughout the year to address the unique healthcare needs of Veterans, both physical and emotional, including the psychological toll of war and how it impacts their end-of-life journey. In some cases, Veteran patients are paired with volunteers who have also served their country and share a unique and honorable bond. Each Veteran under our care receives acknowledgement for their service in a small, private observance that concludes with the presentation of a commemorative pin. The pin is our way of saying "thank you" to the brave men and women who have protected the freedom of our country.
We proudly support our Veterans through the "We Honor Veterans" program. To learn more about this program, visit www.wehonorveterans.org.
Click here to view the Complete Guide For Veteran Seniors