What is Hospice Care?

Hospice is not a place, but rather a philosophy that focuses on the well-being of the whole person. Nathan Adelson Hospice services are designed to address the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of our patients and their loved ones. We provide care in the location that best meets the needs and wishes of our patients, including the home, group homes, assisted living facilities, nursing facilities and our Inpatient Units.

Who is on the Hospice care team?

Hospice and palliative care are interdisciplinary, collaborative approaches to healthcare. Personalized care plans are developed in consultation with each patient based on his or her specific needs and wishes. The goal is to provide the best quality of life possible, for as long as life lasts. This plan is carried out by a team of professionals comprised of:

Board Certified Physicians and Pediatricians
Advanced Nurse Practitioners
Registered Nurses
Licensed Practical Nurses
Social Workers

Certified Nurse Assistants
Non-denominational chaplains
Complementary Therapy Professionals
Specially Trained Volunteers

Is all hospice care the same?

Even within the same community, hospices may vary dramatically. Nathan Adelson Hospice provides care to anyone requesting care regardless of their ability to pay. We are the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada. We offer a meal delivery program, a full range of complementary therapies – massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, Reiki, and pet therapy. Our full-time physicians are board certified in hospice and palliative care. We provide clinical staff support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Must I leave home to receive hospice care?

Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a place. In fact, almost all hospice care is delivered in the patient’s home or place they call home. Care provided in the home allows families to be together when they need it most. Nathan Adelson Hospice has two inpatient facilities to serve both the east and west sides of the Valley.

Does turning to hospice mean giving up hope?

When faced with a serious illness, many patients and family members dwell on the imminent loss of life, rather than on making the most of the life that remains. When medical science can no longer add days to your life, it is the goal of Nathan Adelson Hospice to add more life to your days.

Is it true that I cannot keep my primary doctor once I start hospice care?

At Nathan Adelson Hospice, your own physician continues to be your primary doctor, consulting with the Nathan Adelson Hospice Medical Director.

Can hospice care only help when family members are available to provide care for the patient?

Recognizing that people may live alone, or with family members who are unable to provide care, Nathan Adelson Hospice can coordinate community resources to make home care possible. We can also help find an alternative location where the patient can safely receive care.

Is hospice for people who don’t need a high level of care?

Hospice is serious medicine. Nathan Adelson Hospice is Medicare certified, meaning we employ medical and nursing personnel skilled in controlling pain and other symptoms of illness. We use advanced technologies to prevent or alleviate distressing symptoms such as pain, anxiety, nausea and shortness of breath.

What to expect from your Hospice Care Team

  • A registered nurse will call to schedule a visit.
  • They will review the Patient/Family Handbook, full of valuable information about your hospice care.
  • At your first visit, they will complete a comprehensive assessment and make recommendations to your hospice physician for medications and treatments to enhance your comfort and safety.
  • Upon admission, your formulary medications will be ordered from our pharmacy.
  • Your covered medical equipment and supplies will be delivered within 24 hours of admission.
  • Nathan Adelson provides durable medical equipment as a service for our patients’ comfort; however, all medical equipment is the property of Nathan Adelson Hospice, and the equipment will need to be returned when Nathan Adelson Hospice is no longer providing care.

How Are We Different?

Here are a few differentiators that make Nathan Adelson Hospice unique. We are a non-profit organization which means when you choose us, you can rest assured that we put our resources back into patient care and family support. We do not have to allocate dollars to investors and private owners.

  • Two inpatient facilities with private rooms
  • Care is provided in the location that best meets the needs and wishes of the patient
  • A full range of complementary treatments including: massage, reflexology, loss aromatherapy, art therapies, Reiki, and pet therapy Board-certified physicians and advanced nurse practitioners in Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Meal Delivery Program delivers meals to your home
  • A member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and accredited by the Joint Commission
  • 380 specially trained volunteers to assist with patients and families
  • Extensive bereavement and grief support including support groups, individual and family counseling
  • Our Camp Erin® is offered free to children in our community who have experienced a loss
  • Repeatedly recognized as one of the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare in the country and chosen as one of the Top Work Places in Nevada