My first Magazine - Page 18

Serving with Nothing Hospice, nursing home same same but different? Nursing home Fewer than 5% of the beds at St Joseph’s Home are meant for hospice care. Yet we are often mistakenly regarded as a hospice-only facility due to the untiring efforts of Sr Geraldine and her team in advocating for those with advanced illnesses and the dying. In reality, the nursing home and hospice are as distinct as they are intertwined. Inpatient Hospice SAME SAME.. GOVERNMENT-SUBSIDISED Yes CARE CONCEPT CARE MODEL The ‘hospice’ philosophy of care focuses on the person as a physical, emotional and spiritual being and on what matters to her / him. At our home, this practice extends to non-dying persons as well. The family model sees 4 rooms clustered around one pantry and kitchenette with every level having 3 such family clusters. Only the ground floor has only one cluster owing to the small number of hospice beds. Nursing home Inpatient Hospice ... BUT DIFFERENT TARGET GROUP Nursing home Those who need nursing care and have little / no support network Only the dying or those with advanced illnesses and have fewer than three months to live Inpatient Hospice SUPPORT • Nursing care (e.g. wound dressing, medication dispensation) • Personal care (((e.g. toileting, dressing, feeding) • Therapy (e.g. occupational, art, music) • Psychosocial support • Social programmes • Pastoral / spiritual support • Nursing care (e.g. wound dressing, medication dispensation) • Personal care (e.g. toileting, dressing, feeding) • Therapy (e.g. occupational, art, music) • Psychosocial support • Social programmes • Pastoral / spiritual support • Relief and management of pain (physical, psychological and emotional) DURATION For as long as the person needs nursing care and has little / no support network 16 | St Joseph’s Home No more than three months