Support for Patients

Joined in Care Hospice Program for Dementia

Cancer woman interacting with a black dog by holding his paw on a pet therapy

Joined in Care is HopeHealth's hospice program for people with late-stage Alzheimer’s or another advanced dementia.

This program fosters spiritual, emotional and physical comfort and is driven by the unique needs and life history of the patient and family. Every service we provide is rooted in comfort, compassion, respect, a commitment to quality, and personalized care.

HopeHealth consistently innovates new support programs and provides the most recent training and education to staff and volunteers supporting dementia patients. Our hospice aides (certified nursing assistants) mindfully provide personal care, music comfort, and hand massage for patients when it best serves them. We also offer alternative support services such as Reiki, pet therapy, activity and weighted blankets and tactile pets.

We are the only hospice in Rhode Island to partner with the Alzheimers Association, making us the leader in end of life care for those with dementia and their caregivers.

There are two areas of focus: patient support and dementia caregiver support.

Patient Support

We provide affirming and comforting tools and activities to help patients and family members adjust to the ups and downs of this journey. Here are the components:

  • Storyboards reflect the patient’s life story and provide a reference point for families and visitors.
  • Pet therapy awakens memories, alleviates stress and imparts happiness.
  • Clinical care—provided by expert physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and hospice aides—eases symptoms and improves quality of life.
  • Vigils support family members and offer companionship to patients in their last days.
  • Sensory therapies—such as music, tactile pets, weighted blankets, hand massage and aromatherapy—brings calming comfort and reduces agitation.

We offer assistance and support to family caregivers to help them better understand any feelings of fatigue, anger, depression and anxiety. Components include:

  • Social workers offer caregiving strategies, plans for care, and assistance with coping with progressive loss.
  • Volunteers give family members a break by staying with the patient while they take care of themselves or tend to errands.
  • Chaplains listen, help articulate beliefs and facilitate meaningful conversations about important life issues.
  • Specialized dementia caregiver support groups that offer a safe space to vent and find camaraderie with people who get it. These support groups are free and open to anyone in the community.

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