Specialized Comfort

At life's end, you and your family need specialized comfort. At Banner, it’s our honor to provide you with the types of services and care you and your loved ones need at every stage.

What Is Specialized Comfort?

Banner Health’s compassionate, experienced hospice providers recognize and respect that each patient is different. We provide customized care to fit your needs and relieve any physical, mental and emotional pain you may experience.

We are here to support you and your family during this difficult time. Our goal is to help patients experience the highest quality of life possible, while preserving dignity and maintaining a sense of independence.

All of our specialized comfort services are provided by a team of health care professionals dedicated to caring for patients who are terminally ill. We provide pain and symptom management, home and inpatient care, help navigating treatment options, advanced care planning tools and referrals to community resources.

Who Would Benefit From Specialized Comfort?

We offer a customized approach to caring for patients nearing the end of life. Our care team provides specialized comfort for patients with any life-limiting or serious illness, including:

  • AIDS/HIV
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Cancer
  • Congestive heart failure
  • ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease

Levels of Care

As a Medicare-certified hospice provider, we follow the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hospice levels of care guidelines. Our experienced hospice team adjusts to meet your care needs as your situation changes.

Each patient is unique and may require different levels of care. Our caring staff supports the wishes and needs of patients and their families, providing hospice care wherever the patient calls home. If a transition in the level of care is needed, our team will guide you every step of the way. 

Routine Home Care

With routine home care, patients receive skilled nursing services in their home based on the plan of care. This may include:

  • Restorative physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Alternative therapies 
  • Speech services
  • Social services
  • Home health aide services
  • Medical supplies
  • Durable medical equipment

Continuous Home Care

At times, a patient may require a higher level of care for a short time. Continuous home care is provided in the patient’s home by nurses and health aides for 8 to 24 hours to manage a patient’s pain or symptoms. Some examples of symptoms requiring continuous care include:

  • Pain due to a terminal illness
  • Severe nausea and vomiting
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • An interruption in caregiver support

General Inpatient Care

If pain or other symptoms become too severe to treat at home, a patient may need to move to an inpatient facility. Nurses provide 24-hour care for patients, administering medications and treatments and offering emotional support.

Once the symptom is managed, the patient will be able to return to wherever they call home while receiving continuous, routine home care.

Inpatient Respite Care

Respite care provides relief for the patient’s caregivers or family. If caregivers feel they need a break because of stress or other extenuating circumstances, a patient can be temporarily moved to a care facility. During the patient’s respite stay, our hospice team tends to all the patient’s care needs, with the same precision and compassion as at home.

Respite care can be provided for up to five days, after which, the patient is discharged and returns home where care support can continue.

We know every patient is different, which means our care plans focus on putting you and your loved ones at the center of your hospice needs. We’re here to find the specialized comfort that is right for you.