For some, hospice is a misunderstood part of the healthcare world. It can be very difficult to determine and accept when it is needed and how to obtain it. During this difficult time, families and patients are not always ready to admit when it is time for comfort care.
Hospice is medical care that has a main goal of maintaining or improving the quality of life for someone who has an illness, disease or condition that is unlikely to be cured. It is provided within the last few months or days of someone’s life and is centered around providing comfort, pain management, and the best quality of life possible. It is our goal to help patients live their lives to the fullest as well as respect their wishes, honor their dignity, and celebrate their life while they remain comfortable and surrounded by loved ones. For the most part, hospice care takes place in the comfort of the patient’s home, but it can also be delivered in hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities.
We are here to provide support to our patients and their families throughout the length of care as well as after our patient has passed. Our hospice team not only consists of medical professionals but we also have spiritual counselors that are available to provide counseling to families and their loved one. Thanks to our dedicated and compassionate volunteers, we also offer respite care which provides temporary relief for the caregiver so they can have a break and avoid becoming burnt out. It is highly encouraged that our patients and their families take advantage of every resource available to them during this time in their life.
There are a lot of myths out there in regards to hospice care. It is important to know that most insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover hospice care. It can be provided to anyone who is terminally ill, no matter what the disease, illness, or condition is. We are here to tell you that hospice is available to anyone and everyone at the end of their life. It is our belief that everyone should be able to live their life to the fullest until the very end. Families who see their loved one through hospice care often reflect on experience with gratitude knowing that everything possible was done to make their loved ones passing as comfortable and peaceful as possible. It is also very humbling for our staff to be able to witness the courage our patients and their families have and they take immense pride in being able to help them in that stage of their life.
If you would like more information about hospice care, contact us and we would be happy to speak with you.