Choosing hospice is not about giving up. Hospice is about making the most of the days we have left.
When facing terminal illness and when doctors are saying that treatments are unlikely to cure the disease, curative treatments can be unnecessarily stressful. Unnecessary treatments make a person tired, can cause discomfort, and result in a lot of time being spent in hospitals. On the other hand, home hospice care focuses on resting in the comfort of home, doing everything possible to make a patient feel better now, and maximizing the amount of time and quality of time a patient can spend with friends and family.
Choosing hospice care does not shorten life, in fact, when patients meet Medicare qualifications for hospice, hospice care correlates with a longer life by days to months. Rest, comfort, and emotional support are sometimes a better option than the rigors of aggressive, curative treatments.
The primary objectives of our hospice program are as follows:1. To provide a comprehensive, family-oriented coordinated and competent care
2. To utilize an interdisciplinary group for care planning and care delivery
3. To manage the patient’s pain and other symptoms
4. To maintain the patient in his/her own home or assume an inpatient setting as homelike as possible
5. To maximize patient/family autonomy and decision-making respect their beliefs, goals and choices
6. To facilitate the patient’s and family’s capacity for reconciliation and closure
7. To provide bereavement services to family/significant others
8. To collaborate with other community resources to optimize continuity of care and comprehensive services
- Home health aides to help with a patient’s bathing, grooming, cleaning patient areas, and other personal care tasks
- Nurses to assist with pain management, nutrition management and strategy, and medical care
- Therapists to teach energy conservation techniques, home modification, eating and drinking strategies, speech therapy, physical therapy for walking, and more
- Chaplain for spiritual support (bilingual)
- Social workers for emotional support, counseling, financial-medical-legal guidance
- Trained volunteers for assistance and companionship
- Enhanced pain management: when patients elect hospice, doctors can be more liberal about pain management dosages, types of medication, and patient self-medication
- 100% Medicare coverage for all medications, supplies, and equipment related to the diagnosis
- 24/7 On-call nurses
Hospice is not just for people with cancer. Our services benefit patients with a number of different diagnoses, including:
- End-Stage Cardiovascular Disease
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- End-Stage Renal Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- End-Stage Liver Disease
- End-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease
- End-Stage Dementia
- Patients suffering recent deterioration, frequent emergency room visits and/or hospitalizations, or discontinuing aggressive treatment may also be eligible for hospice care.