Home Care & Hospice

Home Care & Hospice

New Milford Hospital collaborates with home care and hospice agencies throughout the region to provide a broad range of essential home care and support services in the security and comfort of patients' homes. While always keeping pace with the ever-changing and highly technical health care field, these services can include, but are not limited to the following:

Skilled Nursing
Nurses provide medically needed services. After a referral is received from your doctor or hospital case manager, a nurse will visit you at home, evaluate your needs and recommend appropriate services related to your condition. A personalized plan of care will be developed in-conjunction with your physician and family.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Physical therapists can help you with your overall level of fitness and health by providing services that restore and improve your mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities.

Occupational therapists can help you to develop physical skills that will aid in daily living such as bathing, brushing teeth, cutting meat, and dressing.

Speech Therapists can help you to improve your speech and language, swallowing, oral motor, voice, fluency, memory and thinking skills.

For more information about home care services, call the Hospital's Social Work Services Department at 860-210-7442.

Hospice Care

New Milford Hospital also collaborates with agencies to arrange for hospice care, which is a comfort-oriented care offering a palliative approach for those with a life-threatening, life-limiting or advanced illness, or who may be receiving curative treatments.

What is palliative care?
To palliate means to make comfortable; treatments or procedures are provided when they will contribute to the comfort of the patient. The goal is to help each patient maintain the dignity of life, while addressing his or her physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.

A Team of Professionals
The Hospice Team works closely with the patient's primary physician to develop a comprehensive plan of care for physical and emotional support. It involves collaboration among professionals in the following roles and disciplines:

   -  Registered Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants
    - Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists
    - Social Workers
    - Medication and Nutrition Support
    - Spiritual Care
    - Supportive Counseling
    - Trained Volunteers

How to Arrange for Hospice Care
A physician must approve admission to a hospice program. Early referrals are encouraged so that the patient and family can receive the full benefits of the program. Services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans.

For more information, please call the Hospital's Social Work Services at 860-210-7442.

Bereavement Support
Most hospice programs and agencies offer added support for adults and children who need grief and bereavement support after the loss of a loved one. Area agencies offer adult groups, a children's bereavement program, parent/child workshops, a teen bereavement series, holiday workshop, service of remembrance and the annual Tree of Life remembrance and fundraising event.

For more information, please call the Hospital's Social Work Services at 860-210-7442.