Riverside Shore Home Health brings nurses to a patient's home to provide the specialized care they need to help them maintain safety, independence and security in the comfort of their own home. Riverside Shore Home Health offers superior-quality health care services to individuals recovering from an illness, surgery or hospital stay. Quality comparisons among home health providers are available online from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at www.medicare.gov.

Home Infusion
Intravenous (IV) drug therapy, previously administered only in the hospital, can be administered in the home, thanks to remarkable innovations in "portable" technology.

Home Care

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Riverside Shore Hospice

Hospice care offers support and individualized services for patients with a life-limiting prognosis.  Riverside Hospice believes that when time is of the essence, quality of life is essential. Our trained Hospice care providers can help reduce the distraction of managing pain or medications so you can focus on what's important: time together. In the comfort of home, you and your loved ones will receive physical, emotional, social and spiritual care during your journey.

The Riverside team that comes together for home hospice consists first and foremost of the patient's family, along with the hospice medical director, physicians and nurses, medical social workers, physical and occupational therapists, nutritional counselors, volunteers trained in hospice care and chaplains or other spiritual care coordinators.

The hospice team can also make arrangements for any medical equipment and medical supplies needed, based on the patient's diagnosis.

Family members, caregivers and significant others play a vital role in the Hospice process, and Riverside offers just as much care and support to these individuals as to the patient. Throughout the course of your loved one's illness, Hospice provides resources to help you manage your role as a caregiver and the physical and emotional effects it can take on your life. Hospice surrounds grieving families and loved ones with compassion and understanding. Ongoing grief and bereavement counseling services can help you through this difficult time.

Linda Baylis Spence's father, Clarence Baylis, was cared for by Riverside Shore Hospice team member Terri Shook, RN, at the end of his life.  Linda says "Terri was one of those people who made me believe there are angels on the Eastern Shore."

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Our services
Help and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week

  • Nursing services
  • Nurses and aides
  • Medical social workers
  • Volunteers, specially trained in Hospice care and support
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Arrangements for equipment and/or medical supplies
  • Spiritual support/chaplain services
  • Bereavement counseling
  • Grief counseling

Separating the Myths from the Facts
The end-of-life care available through hospice is one of the most significant, life-affirming choices that patients and families can make and it’s important to have the facts you need to make an informed decision. It’s also important to know what is not accurate when it comes to home hospice. Here are four of the misconceptions that people sometimes hold regarding these specialized services for patients and families:

MYTH #1: Entering hospice means that you’ve given up hope.

FACT: What hospice actually represents is an opportunity to be more in control of the progress of your condition while significantly improving quality of life. Hospice care will neither shorten nor prolong life, but rather holds the potential to add comfort and dignity to the life that remains.

MYTH #2: Once you choose to enter hospice, you have to stick with that decision.

FACT: The fact is, if hospice doesn’t meet your expectations for any reason, you can discontinue the support. If a patient’s condition improves – for example, if the disease goes into remission – the patient can easily transition from hospice back to regular medical treatment. Similarly, you can readily be admitted to the hospital if symptoms can’t be successfully managed at home.

MYTH #3: You can’t keep your own doctor if you enter hospice.

FACT: Many people have trusting and often long-term relationships with their physicians. For that reason, the hospice team works closely with the patient’s doctor by involving her or him in the initial plan of care and through ongoing communications. So, you keep your own doctor – and gain a team in the process.

MYTH #4: In order to receive hospice care, a patient must go to a designated hospice center.

FACT: Hospice is an approach to end-of-life care, not a physical space. You can receive hospice care wherever you feel the most comfortable and wherever the need exists. For most people, that place is home, whether it’s the traditional family home, an assisted living facility or any other place where they reside.

Riverside Shore Hospice
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