Did you know this about Hospice?

Did you know?

Hospice staff is often present at a patient’s death and is usually closely involved as death approaches. This is one of hospice’s greatest abilities, and can be one of the gifts that this care brings—helping the patient and his or her loved ones cope and understand what is happening as a person is dying.

The costs of hospice care are generally covered under Medicare. The Medicare Hospice Benefit covers the range of medical and supportive services—meaning psy¬chological, emotional and spiritual services that are deemed “reasonable and neces¬sary” by Medicare for managing a person’s illness. Most state Medicaid programs offer hospice coverage, as do most private health insurance plans.

Hospice care is available to patients for as long as the patient needs care. As long as a physician certifies that the patient continues to meet guidelines for receiving hospice care, hospice is available in an unlimited number of 60-day periods.

Commemorative recognition at Cottage in the Meadow

Cottage in the Meadow is a hospice care home for compassionate services at end of life. It is built and sustained by community contributions. Commemorative recognition is artfully integrated into the beautiful environment created to nurture and support families and their loved ones. Major gifts (gifts and pledges over $5000) are recognized permanently in and around the Cottage. Over 6500 donors have made Cottage in the Meadow possible so far. Your gift is invited and welcome and will remain a lasting tribute in perpetuity. Call the Memorial Foundation 509 576 5794 for information.

Campus closure complete at Memorial Access to campus from Tieton Drive only

Campus closure complete at Memorial
Access to campus from Tieton Drive only

Beginning the morning of November 1, access to the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital campus will be limited to South 28th and 30th Avenues from Tieton Drive. The project to close the Memorial campus to through traffic is now complete. The closure fulfills a promise to the Barge Chestnut neighborhood association as one solution in its traffic calming plan and is part of Memorial’s 30-year Campus Master Plan agreement with the City.

City of Yakima crews upgraded a water main at the intersection of Walnut and South 28th Avenues. They also installed a light post and traffic diverter on South 28th Avenue. Northbound traffic is directed to the west and southbound traffic to the east. Barricades have also been installed just south of Chestnut Avenue on South 29th and 30th Avenues.

The installation of a traffic signal at 28th Avenue and Tieton Drive is called for in later phases of the Campus Master Plan that is still several years away. Additional traffic studies will be conducted to help determine future traffic management needs after the campus is closed.

“We’d like to thank our patients, staff, neighbors and the community for adapting so well to these changes,” says Memorial Vice President Jim Aberle. “Now that South 30th Avenue is officially closing to through traffic, we ask that people continue to have patience as they adjust to new traffic patterns around the hospital, especially at shift change times.”

Aberle adds there will be no construction of additional buildings or expansion of buildings at this time. The expansion of hospital facilities will only be considered as a need in the community is identified and financial resources are available.

Sleep Tips for the time change and shift workers

This weekend, remember to set your clock back an hour as we make the transition from Daylight Saving Time back to Pacific Standard Time on Sunday, November 4th at 2 a.m. In general, losing an hour in the spring is more difficult for us to adjust to than gaining an hour in the fall. But Dr. Susan Rausch, Medical Director of the Sleep Center at Memorial has some useful tips to make the adjustment easier. She also shares some advice for shift workers.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital has been selected by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) to participate in a national Mentored Adult Immunization Impact Program.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital has been selected by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) to participate in a national Mentored Adult Immunization Impact Program. Angela Stewart, PharmD, will lead the inter-professional team focused on improving immunization rates of our hospitalized adult patients. Pharmacy resident Greg Edmiston will also be working on the program as part of his residency research project to improve the hospital’s vaccination screening and administration procedures.

Understanding Hospice

Hospice is a special concept of care, focused on providing comfort, relieving pain, and offering support for persons with life-limiting health conditions and their families. Hospice provides pain and symptom relief, as well as emotional and spiritual support, typically in the last six months of life.

 Hospice care occurs wherever a person calls home. Hospice is not a “place”; patients receive hospice care at home, and home is broadly defined. Home may be a person’s residence, a nursing home or an assisted living facility, or a residential hospice.

 Hospice is open to people of all ages, including children, and to people who have different medical conditions. While approximately two out of three hospice patients are over the age of 65, hospice care is available across the lifespan. Hospice treats pa­tients with Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and other illnesses.