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- Hospice care is for any person with a terminal illness or for whom curative treatment is no longer effective.
- Hospice is a philosophy and not a specific place of care.
- Hospice care focuses on enhancing the quality of life for the patient and loved ones.
- Hospice care offers palliative and comfort care to patients by using the most current methods of pain and symptom management.
- Hospice care involves a team of professionals and volunteers who address the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the patient and family.
- Hospice care provides 24/7 care.
Where is Hospice provided?
Hospice care is provided wherever the patient calls home. Most hospice patients receive care at home or at the home of a relative or friend. Hospice care can also be provided in long term facilities, nursing homes or hospitals.
Who can refer a patient to a Hospice Program?
Anyone can refer a patient to a hospice program. To be admitted, a patient must:
Agree to treatment aimed at comfort rather than cure.
Have an incurable disease resulting in a limited life expectancy, as certified by a physician.
Who Pays for Hospice?
Hospice care is covered through Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance plans, HMOs and private payment.
What kinds of illnesses?
Hospice provides care to all patients with any end-stage diagnosis.
Who is on our Hospice Team?
Hospice patients are cared for by an interdisciplinary team of professionals.
Our team includes:
- Attending PhysicianAttending Physician usually refers patients to hospice and also remains the primary care physician while working as a member of the hospice team.
- Medical DirectorHospice Medical Director collaborates with other members of the hospice team and the patient’s primary physician to help manage the patient’s symptoms and discomfort.
- Registered NurseRegistered Nurses are educated in palliative care and pain control. They work with patients to establish and maintain comfort as well as quality of life. Their responsibilities also include education of family members to provide better patient care for their loved ones.
- Medical Social WorkerMedical Social Workers provide individual and family counseling to help meet the challenges created by terminal illness. The social worker can also facilitate family communication, arrange support for caregivers and help to find financial and legal assistance.
- Certified Nursing AssistantNursing Assistants are available to provide patients with bathing, personal and comfort care.
- Hospice ChaplainChaplains can provide spiritual counseling for people of all faiths, planning services, and serving as liaison between the family and clergy in the community.
- Hospice VolunteerHospice Volunteers are kind and compassionate individuals who support patients and loved ones by providing respite care and friendly visits.
- Bereavement CounselorBereavement Counselors offer a variety of services to the patient’s family to aide in their understanding of grief.