When a physician recommends hospice care, it is out of love, compassion, and support for their patient and the patient's family. Hospice is a way of caring for individuals (and their families) who are coping with a terminal illness, while allowing the patient to live as fully and comfortably as possible.
Ideally, hospice care should begin when the focus changes from the treatment of the disease to treatment of the symptoms and comfort care. Generally, the earlier a patient begins to receive hospice care, the more they benefit. We frequently hear from patients and families, "We wish we had chosen to utilize hospice sooner."
Hospice care is available to patients diagnosed with final stages of chronic diseases such as heart and lung disease, cancer, end-stage Alzheimer's, AIDS, kidney and liver disease, and any life-limiting illness. Hospice care is provided wherever the patient calls home.
We understand that taking care of your loved one can be a challenge. Respite care is available and allows a break for the caregiver. The patient is placed in a skilled nursing facility of their choice for up to 5 days per benefit period. We also offer volunteer services to help give caregivers a break.
While volunteers are not allowed to provide medical care, they can provide companionship and provide a short break for the primary caregiver.
Hospice is available through the Medicare Hospice Benefit and most private insurers. The Medicare Hospice Benefit was established in 1983 to provide Medicare beneficiaries with access to high-quality end-of-life care. Considered the model of quality care for individuals facing a life-limiting illness, hospice is a patient-centered, cost-effective philosophy of care.
Hospice utilizes an interdisciplinary team of trained professionals to provide compassionate medical care, pain management, and emotional support and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient's needs and wishes.
The belief that each of us has the right to die with dignity and as free from pain as possible is at the center of hospice and palliative care. We strive to ensure patients and their families receive the necessary support they need.
We are affiliated with most insurance companies and handle all the paperwork. Contact us