Home Care and Hospice
Advance Care Planning
Saturday, April 8
Johnston Medical Mall Auditorium
514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield
Join us for a FREE, hands-on clinic to learn about and prepare your advance card planning documents. During this event you will be able to:
- Learn about health care powers of attorney
- Learn about living wills
- Complete your advance directives*
- Talk about your wishes for end-of-life treatment
- Learn about the services provided by Johnston Health Home Care & Hospice and the SECU Hospice House
Attorneys, social workers and a physician will be available to talk with you about any questions or concerns you have.
*Please note: You will need to bring a photo ID in order to have your advance directives notarized.
A community project of the NCBA Health Law and Elder Law sections and the NC Partnership for Compassionate Care.
Patients are almost always more content and relaxed at home, whether recovering from an injury, coping with physical infirmities, or dealing with a terminal illness. At home, they feel secure with the support of family and friends and are more comfortable surrounded by the memories and possessions they cherish.
Johnston Health Home Care and Hospice is dually licensed for both home health and home hospice services. We help patients to recover from illness or injury in the comfort of home and help those with life-limiting illness to have quality time in familiar surroundings with their loved ones.
If receiving care at home is not an option, we can provide 24/7 care in the beautiful setting of our SECU Hospice House. Click below to take a virtual tour of the hospice house.
For any question or further information, the patient or family may call Johnston Health Home Care and Hospice directly at 919-938-7582.
What is home health?
Our home health service provides medically necessary services to treat, rehabilitate, sustain or restore a patient to their optimal health status. Home health is appropriate for persons with acute or chronic illness or injury, as well as those who are disabled. On-call service is available evenings and weekends, if needed. Learn more.
What is hospice?
Hospice is a benefit that offers healthcare, assistance, and education to support patients and their families facing the challenges of an advanced illness. It is individualized care that offers compassion, dignity, comfort, respect, and someone to call for assistance, anytime day or night.
Most hospice patients receive care and support in their own homes, in familiar surroundings with loved ones. Home is wherever a patient lives and can include assisted living facilities, rest homes, and nursing homes. Patients are also served in hospitals and our SECU Hospice House.
A patient’s physician continues to manage medical care in coordination with the hospice team that provides day-to-day support to hospice patients and their families. Team members are physicians, nurses, certified nurse assistants, social workers, chaplains, counselors, and volunteers. Learn more.
Meet Hospice Medical Director- Dr. Dennis Koffer
Dennis Koffer, MD, of Triangle East Surgery, started in September 2013 as the medical director for Johnston Health Home Care and Hospice. He oversees quality of care is part of the multi-disciplinary approach to planning all aspects of patient care. In his new role, Dr. Koffer looks forward to helping doctors and people in the community better understand the general concept of hospice and, in particular, how the service is paid for by government and private insurers. “The most important thing is communicating so that expectations are met,” he says. “Families have to have a clear understanding of what hospice care means. They have to be ready for it.” Read more.
“The peaceful way she died was a gift that every individual can have if they let thoughts of hospice into their lives early in their journey towards end of life. Thank you to Dr. Koffer, the amazing nurses, staff and volunteers at SECU Hospice House in Smithfield who gently guided Ann and me through a beautiful experience.” Read More +