Comfort Care does not cure or change the course of a terminal illness. It does provide continuous pain management and symptom control in a warm and caring atmosphere. Intravenous fluids, feeding tubes or CPR (resuscitation) are not used. We believe that all people have the right to die with dignity, to have enhanced quality of life, and to be as comfortable as possible. The family and the resident agree that this plan allows for a natural dying process.
Volunteers care for residents sixteen hours a day, seven days a week under the supervision of the director or a staff nurse. A hospice aid or a registered nurse is generally at the House from 11:00 pm until 7:00 am seven days a week, ensuring continuity of care during the night. The ~70 trained volunteers who are here each week are caring men and women from the community. They provide the same care that would be given to a loved one at home. Hands-on resident care is provided around the clock, along with simple meals, laundry, companionship, as well as emotional, social and spiritual support through volunteers, nurses and social workers.
In general, the stay at Teresa House is limited to three months. Assessment of the need for comfort care is continuous. If there is a remission of the disease, a reevaluation is done. Should an alternate placement be recommended, the staff, along with the Livingston County Hospice Nurse, social worker and Medical Director will meet with the family to determine what is in the best interest of the resident.
Because Teresa House is a respite for the terminally ill, open conversation with the family relating to the condition of the resident and the dying process is encouraged. We strive to support the needs of the family at all times. It is our hope that as we walk with you during this part of life's journey, the stress and anxiety for the whole family can be diminished. Life is precious to us and we appreciate your trust as we care for you, as a family.