Routine Home Care
Notre Dame sees the majority of our patients in a home setting where we provide Routine Home Care. A home setting includes a private home, apartment, assisted living facility or skilled nursing home.
Patients receiving routine home care work with a hospice team led by a Registered Nurse Case Manager (RNCM). The RNCM works with the patient and caregiver to design a plan-of-care that is customized to the individual patient’s needs. Plans-of-care typically include visits by an RN, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) social workers, chaplains and trained volunteers.
As part of Routine Home Care, Notre Dame Hospice often partners with long-term care facilities to meet the needs of patients with life-limiting illnesses. The Hospice Nurse Case Manager educates the facility’s nursing staff on certain health conditions that are more common among terminally-ill patients, and coordinates skilled and advanced prescription drug pain management care often needed toward the end-of-life. In addition, Hospice CNAs provide personal care to complement CNA services in these facilities.