Beacon Hospice achieves CHAP accreditation

Hospice care standards exceeded

Beacon Hospice Inc., a leading provider of high quality end-of-life care, which serves local patients out of its Hyannis office, recently achieved Full Accreditation with Commendation from the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) for demonstrating clinical excellence and meeting standards that exceed federal guidelines of participation for hospice.

“We believe timely evaluations, like those provided by CHAP, arecrucial to maintaining high standards for hospice care as well as ourorganizations standards.” - Beacon Hospice CEO Betty Brennan

“We are honored to be accredited by CHAP and receive this recognition for the high quality end-of-life care Beacon Hospice has always been proud to provide our patients,” said Beacon Hospice CEO Betty Brennan. “We believe timely evaluations, like those provided by CHAP, are crucial to maintaining high standards for hospice care as well as our organizations standards.”

CHAP allows for consistent evaluations of hospice by requiring hospices that voluntarily apply for CHAP accreditation to be reviewed every three years, while Medicare only requires hospices to be certified every eight years.

Beacon Hospice recently underwent a thorough five-day review by a CHAP team of nurses and other health care professionals who evaluated Beacon Hospice’s services against CHAP’s national standards. This evaluation included a careful survey of internal policies and systems as well as interviews with Beacon Hospice nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains, bereavement staff, volunteers, patients and families.

Due to its emphasis on community health, CHAP, an independent, non-profit accrediting body founded by the American Public Health Association and the National League for Nursing, is the preferred accreditation venue for hospice.

Beacon Hospice is an innovative hospice organization that continually strives to meet the dynamic and ever changing needs of the patients and family that it serves.  In addition to general hospice services, Beacon Hospice has created two programs to meet the specific needs of patients and families dealing with end stage Dementia and end stage Cardiac Disease.  Beacon’s end stage Dementia program, Deep Harbors™, has provided care to more than 3,800 patients since it was introduced three years ago and has received national recognition as the gold standard in providing end-of-life care for Dementia patients.  Calm Harbors, designed to help patients conserve energy, better manage symptoms and prevent re-hospitalizations, was introduced last year and has been well received by referral sources, patients and their families.

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