The Presbyterian Hospice Program provides physical, emotional, and spiritual support to terminally ill patients and their families. The hospice team of professionals and volunteers help patients maintain their dignity, comfort, and quality of life in the face of terminal illness. The frequency of visits and level of care are based on a mutual agreement between the patient, primary physician, and primary nurse, and can be increased or decreased as needed.
Hospice care can be provided in the patient’s home or in assisted living, nursing home or shelter care facilities. In addition, hospice inpatient care is available for symptom management and respite care at Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital in Albuquerque.
We are Joint Commission accredited, Medicare and Medicaid certified, state licensed, and offer convenient, direct billing to all insurance companies.
- Any terminal diagnosis (both cancer and non cancer).
- Care is comfort focused, not curative (consultation is available regarding curative versus comfort care).
- Predicted life expectancy of six months if disease runs its normal course.
The Hospice Team
Hospice leverages an interdisciplinary team of physicians, registered nurses, social workers, chaplains, bereavement counselors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, home health aides, and volunteers to provide needed care.
- A medical director and hospice nurse are on call 24-hours-day for emergency situations.
- Hospice nurses focus on symptom management, patient comfort, and pain control.
- Hospice chaplains and social workers provide emotional support, teach coping skills, and can help families who may need additional community resources.
- Home health aides provide personal care for the patient, and volunteers help with additional services.
- Physical therapists and occupational therapists provide training to patients and caregivers on how to best support the patients' day-to-day activities.
- Bereavement counselors maintain contact with the family throughout the bereavement period. Up to thirteen months bereavement counseling for the family, following the death of their loved one is an integral part of the program.
- Intermittent home visits
- Pain and symptom management
- Medication adjustments
- Emotional support, spiritual counseling
- Individualized treatment tailored to meet the patient's needs
The Hospice Inpatient Unit at Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital in Albuquerque accommodates patients whose pain or symptom control cannot be adequately managed at home. A hospice team member must prearrange admission to the Inpatient Unit.
- 15-bed facility with private rooms and baths, fully furnished kitchen, family room and children's room with television and games
- 24-hour nursing care
- A hospice medical director is available to oversee patient care
- Families are welcome to stay with the family member 24 hours a day
- Visitation is not limited
- Children are welcome to visit
- Pets are allowed with prior arrangements
- Patients may also be admitted for up to five days of respite care to provide a short break for the family in caring for their loved one.
- Presbyterian Hospice main offices are located at:
- 8100 Constitution Pl. NE, Suite 400
- Albuquerque, NM 87110
- General office: 505-559-1000
- Hospice Inpatient Unit at Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital: 505-559-1133
- Referrals or additional information: 505-559-1000
- In addition, Presbyterian rural hospice services are available throughout the state:
- Clovis 575-769-7399
- Socorro 575-835-8343
- Tucumcari 575-461-7240