Hospice helps patients achieve physical and emotional comfort so they can concentrate on living. It is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients with a life-limiting illness who no longer desire cure-oriented treatments. Hospice neither prolongs life nor hastens death. Hospice improves quality of life with dignity and compassion.
Since pain is one of the major fears of seriously ill patients, a key objective in hospice is to provide top quality medical care and pain management. Hospice addresses all symptoms of a disease, with a special emphasis on controlling a patient’s pain and discomfort to preserve the highest possible quality of life.
Hospice care is provided by a multi-disciplinary team who works together to support the patient and family. This team consists of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, aides, social workers, spiritual care counselors, therapists, volunteers, family members and friends. Hospice professionals make routine visits and can be called on for help at any time – available 24 hours a day.
Hospice care takes place in a setting that best suits the needs of the patient and care giver. Home is the usual care setting but care can also be provided in an assisted living facility, nursing home, hospital-based unit, or a combination of these places.
Hospice helps prepare family and friends for the loss of a loved one. We also provide additional support after the loss through our bereavement services; offering grief support and individual or group counseling. Some help with funeral arrangements is also offered.
Much of the cost of Hospice care is a covered benefit under Medicare unless the family chooses to hire additional services not typically covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. The Medicare benefit covers all services, medications and equipment related to the illness.