UNC Hospice serves people of all ages with limited life expectancies in Orange, Chatham, Lee and surrounding counties (within an hour's drive of one of our offices). We serve patients and their families in their private residences, assisted living facilities and in skilled nursing facilities.
Our team of doctors, nurses, social workers, bereavement coordinators, chaplains and trained volunteers strive to be as fluid and flexible as possible, allowing the hospice family to tailor our services to their own unique needs and to fully participate in caring for their loved one.
The following services are covered under Medicare or Medicaid, as well as most private insurance plans. Additional financial assistance is available for patients who meet the qualifications.
- Skilled Nursing Visits (as needed)
Our RNs are experts in pain control. They are trained and have experience in providing care outside the hospital or nursing home environment. The RN case manager collaborates with the patient’s primary physician and the interdisciplinary team to ensure that the patient can be as symptom-free as possible. Nursing staff are available 24 hours a day for emergency on-call coverage.
- Certified Nurses’ Aides (Home Health Aides) help patients with some of the most difficult aspects of illness—the need for assistance with personal care activities of daily living. The CNA may assist patients with bathing, oral hygiene, hair care, and shaving. They may also assist with homemaker chores necessary to maintain the patient in a safe and sanitary environment. They have experience and training in preserving the patient’s sense of dignity while performing these tasks.
- Medical Social Workers give emotional support to hospice families. They provide short-term counseling service, referral to and coordination with community resources and assistance with living arrangements, finances, long-range planning and advance care directives.
- Chaplain/Bereavement Services are available for individual and family counseling and spiritual support, support groups, and assistance with funeral arrangements. They also help with referrals to local clergy. UNC Hospice bereavement services are available to anyone in our community. Bereavement support is available for 13 months after a patient’s death.
- Specially Trained Volunteers offer a wide range of services to hospice families, such as companionship and supportive listening, respite for caregivers, light housekeeping, and shopping. We have specially trained bereavement volunteers, licensed massage therapists and musicians who serve hospice families. All patient care volunteers receive a minimum of 15 hours of initial training.
- Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy and Dietary Counseling Services are provided by licensed therapists or dietitians.
- The Hospice Medical Director is responsible for the medical component of the program. The Medical Director works with the team to establish and review care plans. The patient’s attending physician may work with the Medical Director to meet the patient’s needs.
- Medications, medical supplies and equipment related to the terminal illness
- Continuous care during crisis periods
- Short-term inpatient respite services
- Dietary counseling