What is Hospice Care?
The hospice goal is to reduce the patient’s pain and control the symptoms of their disease to improve the quality of the patient’s daily life.
Not at all. Hope for a cure is human nature and will remain a strong desire. Hospice care allows the patient and their loved ones to refocus their energy and attention on spending quality time, together at home, enjoying precious moments instead of spending time in hospitals and doctor offices.
Individuals with medical conditions or illnesses that have progressed to the end stage of the disease such as; cancer, dementia, alzheimer’s, copd, chf, stroke, liver disease, aids/hiv, als, parkinson’s, ms and other life threatening illness.
Most patients and families, who receive hospice care, say that they wish they had known about it earlier because they needed the help much sooner than they received it.
Research shows that hospice increases the quality of daily life for patients and caregivers when patients have disease symptoms that make daily living difficult, or painful.
Some patients will experience anger, depression, or restlessness. These patients are best suited for and will benefit the most from hospice.
Hospice physicians and nurses are experts at pain and symptom control. When pain control medications are administered properly, patients find relief without getting high or becoming addicted.
Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans pay for hospice care. The Hospice will pay for all treatments, medications and medical supplies related to the patient’s terminal illness. Unlike other medical care, Hospice care is not based entirely on the ability of the patient to pay.
Hospice benefits will continue until the patient no longer needs or wants hospice. It is not unusual for patients to benefit so much from the care of the hospice team that they actually are discharged because they no longer match the criteria for hospice care. Some patients choose to stop hospice and start aggressive treatments or other cures for their disease. Whatever happens, Hospice care is started and stopped by the patient and or family.
– Going back and forth to the emergency room or being in and out of the hospital
– Decline in overall physical/mental status
– Weight loss in the last six months
– Profound weakness or fatigue
– Difficulty swallowing/eating
– Shortness of breath or chest pain even at rest
– History of cardiac arrest
– Continuous oxygen
– Uncontrolled pain or vomiting
– Requires assistance with personal care such as bathing, grooming, and or feeding