Frequently Asked Questions
What is hospice care?
Hospice care is a philosophy or a practice that provides pain and symptom management for patients with life-limiting illnesses and a life expectancy of less than six months. Most patients prefer to receive hospice in the comfort of their home or long-term care facility. However, should a patient require continuous care to gain control of their discomfort, their care team may suggest admission into our inpatient facility. Hospice care includes support services for the patient's family including emotional and spiritual support.
Who is on the Nathan Adelson Hospice care team?
Nathan Adelson Hospice’s care team consists of:
- nurse practitioners
- licensed registered nurses
- certified nursing aids or assistants
- licensed practical nurses
- social workers
- trained volunteers.
The team meets with each patient and their loved ones to develop an individual care plan that is unique to the patient’s needs and requests. Each member of the care team is guided by the organization’s mission to honor the importance of choice, allowing patients to define for themselves the most dignified manner in which to live.
What makes Nathan Adelson Hospice different from other hospices?
For over 30 years, Nathan Adelson Hospice has been the hospice of choice in Southern Nevada. We are considered an industry leader and proud to be a best practices model for other hospices throughout the nation.
Is care through Nathan Adelson Hospice available 24 hours a day 7 days a week?
Yes. Nathan Adelson Hospice physician, nurse, and certified nursing assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week either in person or via telephone to assist patients, caregivers, and/or loved ones.
For patients receiving hospice care at home and are in need of assistance outside normal business hours, an “on-call” medical professional will respond to the patient and/or family member and if necessary, a nurse can come to your home at any hour.
Can a patient who shows signs of recovery be returned to regular treatment?
Yes. Should a patient’s condition improve and the disease seems to be in remission, patients can be discharged from hospice and returned to aggressive or curative therapy. A patient can request that they be removed from hospice care at any time without explanation or notice.
Do State and Federal Reviewers inspect and evaluate hospices?
Yes. There are strict state and federal licensure requirements that must be met by hospice providers. Each organization must undergo annual inspections as well as periodic visits to ensure they are meeting regulatory standards. Aside from state and federal reviews, Nathan Adelson Hospice is also audited by the Joint Commission, a national accrediting organization for hospitals and hospices.