What is hospice care?
Increasingly, people are choosing hospice care at the end of life. Hospice care focuses on the care, comfort, and quality of life of a person with a serious illness who is approaching the end of life.
At some point, it may not be possible to cure a serious illness, or a patient may choose not to undergo certain treatments. Hospice is designed for this situation. The patient beginning hospice care understands that his or her illness is not responding to medical attempts to cure it or to slow the disease's progress.
More about Hospice Care
Like palliative care, hospice provides comprehensive comfort care as well as support for the family, but, in hospice, attempts to cure the person's illness are stopped. Hospice is provided for a person with a terminal illness whose doctor believes he or she has six months or less to live if the illness runs its natural course.
It's important for a patient to discuss hospice care options with their doctor. Sometimes, people don't begin hospice care soon enough to take full advantage of the help it offers. Perhaps they wait too long to begin hospice and they are too close to death. Or, some people are not eligible for hospice care soon enough to receive its full benefit. Starting hospice early may be able to provide months of meaningful care and quality time with loved ones.
Hospice is an approach to care, so it is not tied to a specific place. It can be offered in two types of settings — at home or in a facility such as a nursing home, hospital, or even in a separate hospice center.
Hospice care brings together a team of people with special skills — among them nurses, doctors, social workers, spiritual advisors, and trained volunteers. Everyone works together with the person who is dying, the caregiver, and/or the family to provide the medical, emotional, and spiritual support needed.
A member of the hospice team visits regularly, and someone is usually always available by phone — 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hospice may be covered by Medicare and other insurance companies.
Benefits of Hospice Care with Loving Hands Hospice
Same day medication delivery
Regular Scheduled Visits
24 hours | 7 days a week
Hospice Care Team
The patient can maintain their own physicians. Loving Hands Hospice physician is added to the Treatment Team to help as a specialist in controlling symptoms. The Loving Hands Hospice physician offers Palliative Care by prescribing medications and other methods for pain and symptom control.
Experts at maintaining the patient’s comfort, they assess the patient regularly and help family members by providing the necessary support.
Coordinate community resources and help the patients and family with non-medical concerns, including but not limited to easing emotional difficulties and helping families /patients cope with end of life process.
Chaplains and Spiritual Counselors
Help patients and family cope with spiritual questions and concerns at the end of life either directly or by coordinating services with the family’s personal advisors.
Provide an extra layer of care, support, and companionship. Our volunteers range from kids to high school students, to pet and adults who are passionate about the care of our aging population.