North Country Home Health & Hospice Agency is a Medicare home health & hospice certified agency. It is a private non-profit organization, and is a member of the Home Care Association of New Hampshire and the National Association of Home Care.
North Country Home Health Agency was established in 1971. In 1994 the Agency became a Medicare hospice certified provider. Today, North Country Home Health & Hospice Agency provides home care and hospice services to a 22-town service area. Services are provided to all ages, from infant to elderly. Payment sources include Medicare, New Hampshire Medicaid, private insurance and private pay with a sliding fee scale.
About Home Care
Home care is a service to recovering, disabled, or chronically ill people who need medical treatment and/or assistance with the activities of daily living. Generally, home care is appropriate when a person requires care which family and friends cannot easily or effectively provide on their own.
Advantages of Home Care
Home care improves quality of life by enabling individuals to stay in the comfort and security of their homes during times of illness, disability and recuperation. Home care maintains the patient’s dignity and independence, and is less expensive than other forms of health care delivery. A wide range of specialized services are available and are tailored to meet the needs of every individual on a personal provider-to-patient basis. Home care reinforces and supplements informal care by educating the patient’s family members and friends about the care-giving process.
Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to individuals living with a life-threatening illness and their family caregivers. Hospice care focuses on the person, not just the illness. Our hospice team of caregivers provide support, guidance and skilled management of symptoms in order to improve the patient’s quality of life when the illness is no longer responding to aggressive curative treatment. Members of the hospice team include nurses, medical social workers, licensed nurses aides, homemakers, chaplains, and trained hospice volunteers.
Advantages of Hospice Care
The emphasis of hospice care is on comfort and quality of life. Patients and family members are highly involved and supported in making decisions about their care. Hospice care may be provided in a patient’s home, a family member’s home, in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Hospice staff supplements the care provided by family or facility staff. We strive to support patients in living life to the fullest by addressing physical, emotional, spiritual needs and concerns, proving personal care, counseling, respite care and social support. We also provide bereavement support to family members after the death of a loved one. Hospice offers compassionate care through difficult times.