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Hospice & Palliative Support Services

The Home Care Support You Need, When You Need It

Griswold Home Care offers support to clients receiving hospice and palliative care services. Palliative care is the type of care that focuses on making a sick person feel comfortable and is not designed to cure an illness. Hospice care is sometimes referred to as end-of-life care and is a type of palliative care for patients who are in their last stages of a serious illness and have opted not to continue with curative treatments. The purpose of hospice support is to focus on comfort, symptom-relief, and emotional-spiritual support.

We take a simple approach whether at home or in a care facility: providing a caregiver who will allow our clients to spend quality time with their families. Our caregivers can assist with a wide variety of everyday non-medical tasks, including:

  • Companionship for the sick individual
  • Daily activities like dressing or bathing
  • Providing social interaction
  • Medication reminders
  • Emotional support
  • Assistance with home chores

The Benefits of Palliative & Hospice Support

Palliative and hospice support is designed to make your loved one as comfortable as possible, whether that’s in their home or a care facility. Many times, among the doctor's visits and treatments and hard decisions, the recognition that someone ultimately deserves to be comfortable can be forgotten. Caregivers want to make sure your loved one’s dignity remains intact and that they have time to enjoy more of what they love, whether that’s hobbies at home or spending precious time with their loved ones. Palliative support can also help you avoid the additional costs that come with prolonged hospital stays.

Always Here for You

If you’re seeking palliative or hospice support, your local Griswold Home Care office is ready to assist, whether that’s in your home or a facility. We will do our best to provide you with a caregiver within 48 hours of hearing from you. We have over 40 years of experience and are fully prepared to provide your loved one with the compassionate care they deserve.

About Jean Griswold

Our founder, Jean Griswold, was a care professional who became a visionary entrepreneur when she started the first non-medical home care franchise in the United States while running her own home care business.

Jean started at her dining room table in 1982 in suburban Philadelphia. Her husband, Minister and Doctor Lincoln Griswold, informed her that an elderly woman in their parish had died through the complications associated with malnutrition and dehydration because she had no support system to care for her. Jean was deeply saddened by what she felt was an easily preventable tragedy. She was driven to act.

Jean Griswold was an extraordinary leader. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1967 at the age of 36 but continued to work actively in her office until she was 79. She published a book, “Fears of the Elderly” in 2013.

Jean was born in New York City. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from Douglass College and a master’s degree in personnel and guidance from Rutgers University. She received an honorary doctorate from Holy Family University in 2006. From 2003 to 2004 she was Entrepreneur in Residence at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She won numerous awards, including the Spirit of Philadelphia Award, the Working Woman’s 2001 Entrepreneur of the Year honor, and the 2002 MS National Achievement Award of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Jean passed away on January 28th, 2017 at the age of 86. She was an inspirational woman and entrepreneur, and despite her passing, her values live on in Griswold Home Care today.

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What services are included with hospice support?

There are quite a few services involved with hospice support. They include but are not limited to companionship, symptom relief, emotional-spiritual support, and comfort.

When is hospice care needed?

This will be up to you and your physician. You can also check with a hospice nurse for their professional opinion. You should never be afraid to start this conversation with your medical team.

How long will hospice support be provided?

Our hospice support will be provided as long as it is needed to help alleviate any discomfort.

Can caregivers provide live-in support for hospice patients?

Yes. Your local Griswold Home Care office can schedule a free in-home visit to discuss your needs for live-in or overnight care.

Do you work with hospice companies?

We work in tandem with hospice companies to make sure your loved one gets all the support they need.

What is the difference between palliative and hospice care?

This is a very common question we get. Though they are similar, they are not the same. Hospice care is a type of palliative care. Palliative care is any care that is focused on comfort and quality of life over curing an illness. Hospice is specifically for individuals who are in the last stages of a serious illness and have decided not to seek curative treatments.

Who pays for palliative and hospice care?

There are various ways to pay for our home care support services. Contact your local Griswold Home Care office to discuss rates and service options. Many of our offices can assist you in finding funding.

Does Medicare cover hospice or palliative care?

Medicare might be an option, depending on the type of benefits you receive. Payment options are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Is there a cost for hospice care?

Unfortunately, hospice care is not free. Rates will vary from one office to the next, so we recommend reaching out to your local Griswold Home Care office to learn more. We will always be transparent about our costs.

If you still have some questions regarding palliative or hospice care, don’t hesitate to contact our home care team today at (877) 268-3277 or find a caregiver near you.

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