What Is Hospice?
Hospice is a philosophy of care, centered on quality of life.
Hospice care provides comfort and symptom management when an individual is no longer benefiting from or seeking curative treatment.
How do I initiate hospice? Anyone can request a hospice evaluation by speaking with their doctor or nursing facility, or by contacting a hospice company directly.
Can I choose my hospice company?
Patients and their families always have the right to choose their hospice company. Ask your hospital, doctor, or nursing facility for recommended hospice companies, as there are MANY to choose from and the options can be overwhelming.
When do services begin?
Once a referral is made, the hospice provider will set up a meeting with the patient and their caregiver(s). If a patient/family elects to receive hospice care, consent forms are signed and a Registered Nurse will begin the patient’s plan of care.
Where can patients receive hospice care?
A patient can receive hospice care wherever they call “home.” This can be a private residence, a skilled nursing facility, an assisted living facility, a residential facility or a hospital.
What are some signs that my loved one may be ready for hospice care?
- Curative treatments are no longer effective and may even be negatively affecting quality of life
- Inability to control pain
- Frequent trips to the hospital
- Unintended weight loss and/or difficulty swallowing
- Not eating or drinking
- Oxygen dependence
- Frequent falls
- Frequent infection
- Withdrawal from daily activities
Will hospice care provide my loved one with 24/7 care?
Scheduled visits occur Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm, but we are available 24/7 for emergent needs. If more hands or caregivers are needed for patient care in the home, our team can assist with recommending companies that provide hourly or daily “private duty” care.
Who pays for hospice?
How can I initiate hospice services?
Evaluating the patient is the first step. A patient, family, or healthcare provider can request an evaluation from a hospice provider. A doctor’s order is then obtained to allow for the evaluation and possible admission. The patient/family signs consent forms, and once a qualified hospice medical professional has evaluated the patient and deemed them appropriate for hospice, the hospice provider will initiate the steps to activate a plan of care.
Will we still have say over our loved one’s care?
What happens when my loved one is actively dying?
A member of the hospice team will be educating the patient/family along the journey to ensure they recognize the different phases of the dying process. Ideally, a hospice professional will be at the bedside during the last moments of life. Once the patient has passed, the hospice team will prepare the body and make necessary phone calls, while supporting the family.
What does hospice cover?
Along with the team of professionals seeing your loved one routinely, hospice also covers the following:
- Any medication related to the terminal illness/hospice diagnosis
- Any medical equipment the patient may need for comfort and safety
- Any supplies related to the direct care of the patient
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