Volume LVIIMay 2010Number 2

Masonic Village Hospice Care

As a valuable new step in our continuum of care for residents, Masonic Villages is proud to offer Hospice Care at our Elizabethtown location. In the past, hospice services have been available only through outside agencies. Offering hospice services directly through Masonic Village further enhances and coordinates quality care, provided by staff who are often already familiar with the resident and his or her needs. After evaluating the program's success in Elizabethtown, we will potentially offer these services in the future at other locations, where demand exists.

Hospice focuses on the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients at the end of their lives in the familiar surroundings of home. Specially-trained nurses and certified home health aides concentrate on providing comfort, pain control and symptom management while enabling patients to participate in decision-making regarding their care. Masonic Village Hospice Care also provides families with 24-hour phone support, counseling, and spiritual and bereavement support.

"The Masonic Village Hospice team is dedicated to providing our patients with quality care while focusing on the needs of those we serve," Donna Gobbo, RN, Hospice Manager, said. "The hospice staff considers it a privilege to be invited into your homes and trusts that we can exceed your expectations during the end-of-life journey."

Hospice is available for patients with a limited life expectancy once their primary physician authorizes care and the patient, family and physician agree the focus should be placed on providing comfort rather than aggressive curative care.

Hospice services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans. Our staff will work with the patient's insurance company to coordinate benefits.

As a not-for profit organization, Masonic Village Hospice is committed to providing care regardless of a patient's financial circumstances. For more information, please call (717) 367-1121, ext. 18449.

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