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Home Health Care News Reports: HealthCare Chaplaincy Network Adds Spiritual Care for Palliative Patients

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Home Health Care News Reports: HealthCare Chaplaincy Network Adds Spiritual Care for Palliative Patients

By Amy Baxter
Home Health Care News
August 12, 2015

As demand for telehealth services is growing, HealthCare Chaplaincy Network has added spiritual care services to its registry of traditional chaplaincy services in a technology-driven roll-out to comfort and help adults facing serious illness and grief. The company has announced two pilot programs to connect patients with serious illnesses via computer, tablet or mobile phones to spiritual care resources.

“For the growing population in need of palliative care, telehealth technologies are filling an increasing, and often unmet, need for individuals in crisis – whether physical, social, emotional, psychological or spiritual,” HCCN stated. 

Instead of traditional bedside chaplaincy that is typically face-to-face for end-of-life care, HCCN is bringing this spiritual care to the home setting. Telehealth and spiritual care services are cost effective care options, and the need for these services continues to grow, the company says.

HCCN made the move after seeing an increase in the number of palliative care patients and seeing greater benefits from such services, including shorter hospital stays and increased outpatient delivery of services. HCCN also noted that the growing trend of people utilizing home care and the opinion that more Americans want alternative health care treatments as part of their overall care.

“Studies show that 70% of Americans believe some form of spirituality should be part of their health care,” HCCN authors wrote in a statement. 

Of those surveyed, 72% responded that their spiritual needs were only minimally met or not supported by the medical system. HCCN noted that this increasing interest in whole-person care, including body, mind and spirit, supports the cost-effectiveness of new technology for this type of care for patients and their families. 

HCCN has collaborated with VOX and invested in two new telepath services in addition to its chaplaincy services: Palliative Connect and Spiritual Care Connect to digitally connect seriously ill patients in need of “skillful, compassionate end-of-life care.” HCCN found success with ChaplainsOnHand.org for helping patients deal with emotional and spiritual distress and has created two more sites tailored to specific patients, CantBelieveIHaveCancer.org and ChaplainCareforVeterans.org. Patients with all spiritual backgrounds are welcome to HCCN’s latest health care services. 

HCCN-TV is another portal with 10 programs for spiritual care-related topics for outpatient and long-term care settings. HCCN plans to soon have these programs available as downloads for private viewing. Program topics cover “big issues” and range from prayers, inspirational quotes, palliative and hospice care, grief, critical conversations to have with a loved one who is seriously ill and legal and financial planning. 




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