Conemaugh Regional Hospice is a supportive alternative for patients whose life expectancy is limited by illness. Conemaugh's team provides physical, emotional, and spiritual support for patients to remain at home, surrounded by family and friends. A family member or other caregiver tends to the daily needs of the patient with the support and guidance of the Conemaugh Regional Hospice team.
Hospice care helps patients suffering from the final life stages of cancer, ALS, emphysema, congestive heart failure, and other illnesses when treatments are no longer effective. Hospice is a philosophy of care that seeks to comfort rather than cure. Minimizing symptoms allows the patient to live more comfortably, spending precious time with family and friends.
Conemaugh Regional Hospice services are available to patients in Cambria, Bedford and parts of Somerset, Blair, Westmoreland, and Indiana Counties.
Although hospice care is centered in the home, it is sometimes necessary for the patient to receive care for a short period of time in a hospital setting. The Conemaugh Regional Hospice team will help arrange this care and will stay involved with the patient and family, resuming care in the home when appropriate.
The team's multi-disciplinary approach includes the experience and perspectives of physicians with specialized training, the patient’s attending physician, nurses, social workers, counselors, home health aides, trained volunteers, and clergy. Nutritionists and speech, occupational, and physical therapists are also available as needed. The team meets regularly to evaluate and coordinate the care plan of each patient.
A patient can be referred to Conemaugh Regional Hospice by family members, physicians, home health nurses, social workers, clergy, friends, or neighbors.
Hospice care is covered under most insurance plans. However, if the insurance plan does not have a Hospice Benefit or if the cost of a patient’s care exceeds what insurance will pay, the patient’s care will not be affected. In these cases, patients may apply through the finance department and demonstrate financial need and if the patient meets the requirements, assistance with meeting costs directly related to the patient’s terminal illness will be provided. Conemaugh Regional Hospice provides care without regard to race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin, handicapping condition, or ability to pay.
Conemaugh Regional Hospice is certified by Medicare and Medicaid, is accredited by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, and is licensed as a Hospice Program in the state of Pennsylvania.
Conemaugh Regional Hospice has a team of volunteers who provide hospice patients and their family members with a special dimension of care.
Conemaugh Regional Hospice Volunteers visit patients, lend a hand to caregivers, and support the patient's family after a loved one passes away.
Hospice volunteers receive 20 hours of training that strengthens the skills needed to assist patients and families. Training sessions are held in March and September.
To learn more, contact the hospice volunteer coordinator at (814) 534-6273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Conemaugh Regional Hospice is part of a Joint Venture between LHC Group and LifePoint Health.
For more information or to make a referral, call (814) 534-6100 or (888) 553-5503.