Carolyn’s House

Carolyn’s House provides 24-hour hospice care to individuals who are unable to remain at the place they call home. HCP offers residential, hospice services when personal choices or medical needs make other care options difficult.

History of Carolyn’s House

Carolyn’s House is named after a hospice nurse, Carolyn Croxton Slane, who served HCP patients and families for many years. When she was faced with a terminal illness, she sought care from our program. It was in her memory that the residence was named. In 2015, the name was changed from the Carolyn Croxton Slane Residence to Carolyn’s House, to continue to honor its namesake.

​Who helps at Carolyn’s House?

The approach to care at Carolyn’s House includes an interdisciplinary team of specially trained professionals who work with the patient and family to develop a plan of care specific to your needs. These professionals include physicians, registered and licensed nurses and nursing assistants 24-hours a day. Spiritual counselors and trained volunteers are also a part of the services provided.


Patients may choose to have their primary physician or the HCP Medical Director guide or oversee their plan of care. Along with the interdisciplinary team, Carolyn’s House offers:

  • ​Greater assistance with daily living activities
  • Focused pain and symptom management
  • Short-term caregiver relief
  • 24-hour nursing care

The Journey Program

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is a difficult and very individual experience. The Journey Program works to educate the community about loss and to provide support for individuals and families, so that they may maintain good health throughout the grieving process.

​Who is involved in the Journey Program care?

Individual and group support from the Journey Program is all provided by licensed clinicians who are specially trained in grief and bereavement work. Their role is to listen, advise and impart hope.

About Levos

Levos is the name of our outpatient palliative care program. Levos serves as an adjunct home-based service for those who are seriously ill, but not wanting hospice care at present. The name is taken from the Latin word “levo” meaning to “lift up” or “relieve”. The focus of palliative care is patient and family-centered care that optimizes comfort and quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating the symptoms of disease and side effects of curative treatment. Palliative care encourages patient choice by offering information about all treatment options available and encouraging shared decision making between the patient, family and healthcare practitioners. It also addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family. The program is designed for those who are dealing with chronic and progressive illness. Examples of these types of illnesses are: advanced cancers, congestive heart failure (CHF), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Frequent hospitalizations and/or emergency room visits may be an indicator that palliative care could be helpful.

Who is involved in Levos Care?

A hallmark of the Levos program is a dedicated registered nurse, called the Patient Care Guide. The Patient Care Guide provides care coordination and case management, including the roles of patient advocacy and care navigation. The Patient Care Guide will also ensure that the services provided are consistent with that patient’s needs and wishes as documented in the individualized plan of care.

Physicians

ARNPs & RNs

Social Workers

Chaplains

Volunteers

Home Health Aide

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A shared decision-making model

Levos Palliative Solutions strives for and promotes shared decision making among the patient, family and the treating providers. These discussions present both the benefits and burdens of the treatment choices available to the patient. The role of Levos staff and clinicians in this process is to listen to and clarify the wishes of the patient regarding future tests, treatments and care plans.

Patient-centered goals of care

The written plan of care that results from shared decision making enables the patient and family to not only direct their care, but also ensure that their wishes for treatment are reflected properly. When completed, the patient’s wishes are shared with all other healthcare providers. A common theme throughout care planning and goals of care discussions will be weighing the benefits the patient is receiving from curative treatment against the burdens of curative treatment. A discussion on this topic is an important component of informed decision making by the patient and family.

Facilitate Healthcare transitions

Changes in health care settings, such as going from the hospital to home, can be a confusing time for the patient and family. Discharge instructions may be confusing or may conflict with the information you received from other providers. The Levos Patient Care Guide can assist with resolving confusion over which medications to take and can communicate with and update your primary care and specialist providers who may be unaware of a hospitalization. These steps can help to make your transition home more successful and reduce the chances of re-hospitalization.

Coordinate services across the spectrum of care

Levos patients will have more complex health care needs and require more intensive support from a wide variety of providers and caregivers. The Patient Care Guide will help patients “navigate” the healthcare system. This means that the Patient Care Guide will help you access appropriate and timely care, find doctors and review treatment options. In short, the Patient Care Guide serves as the coach and quarterback of the health care team.

About Hospice Care

Hospice is a philosophy of care rather than a place. Hospice care is a specialized field that focuses on caring and comforting, rather than curing those with life-limiting illness. HCP provides care in the place that you call home. That may be your home, an assisted living or skilled nursing facility, or in our personal care home called Carolyn’s House.

Who provides hospice care?

Hospice care is delivered by an interdisciplinary team made up of physicians, social workers, nurses, chaplains, certified nursing assistants and volunteers. In addition to these services, Hospice of Central PA is pleased to offer additional treatment such as palliative massage and music therapy.

Physicians

Nurses

Social Workers

Chaplains

Nursing Assistants

Volunteers

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What makes hospice care so valuable?

Research tells us that most people want to be at home with their family, pets and things. Hospice of Central PA can make that possible in most cases. Our interdisciplinary team will visit you and your family in your home and help to control symptoms and discomfort, so that you can enjoy time with your loved ones.


When is it time for Hospice?

If you have questions about qualifying for hospice care, please call and we will help you. The fundamental requirement for hospice care is to have a terminal illness. A terminal illness is defined as one having a prognosis of 6 months or less if the disease or illness runs its normal course. Your personal physician and one of our Hospice of Central PA physicians will review your condition and must both agree on your prognosis.