Compassionate hospice care when you need it most.
End-of-life care does not have to be a burden. We are here to bring you help in the most needed of times.
Why hospice care makes a difference
Making a difference when needed most
Frequent questions about hospice care
Hospice care is personalized care that focuses on providing comfort and support to people in the end stages of a terminal illness, such as cancer, heart failure, or Alzheimer’s disease. Hospice care is designed to help people live as comfortably and pain-free as possible and provide emotional and spiritual support to the patient and their family.
Hospice care is typically provided in the patient’s home, but it can also be provided in a hospice facility or hospital. Hospice caregivers may include doctors, nurses, social workers, spiritual advisors, healthcare professionals, in-home caregivers, and volunteers.
Medicare and many private insurance plans generally cover hospice care.
The goal of hospice care is not to cure the patient’s illness but to help them live as fully as possible for as long as possible and to provide support to the patient and their family during the end-of-life process. Hospice care can be a valuable resource for people facing a terminal illness, and it can help ensure that they are comfortable and supported during this difficult time.
Hospice care is a type of medical care that focuses on providing comfort and support to people who are terminally ill and their families. It is typically offered in the last six months of life. However, it can be provided for more extended periods if necessary. Here are the top 10 benefits of hospice care:
- Pain management: Hospice caregivers help manage pain and other symptoms associated with a terminal illness, such as shortness of breath, nausea, and anxiety.
- Personalized care: Hospice care is tailored to the individual needs of each patient, taking into account their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
- Support for families: Hospice care provides support for families and caregivers, including counseling, bereavement support, and help with practical tasks such as coordinating care and managing finances.
- Quality of life: Hospice care helps patients maintain their quality of life and dignity by providing comfort and support that allows them to live their remaining time as meaningfully as possible.
- Care in the patient’s preferred location: Hospice care can be provided in various settings, including the patient’s home, a hospice facility, or a nursing home.
- Coordination of care: Hospice care involves a team of healthcare professionals coordinating the patient’s care, ensuring that all of their needs are met.
- Advance care planning: Hospice care includes advanced care planning, which helps patients and families make decisions about their care and treatment options.
- Emotional support: Hospice care provides emotional support for patients and families as they cope with the end of life.
- Spiritual support: Hospice care can provide spiritual support for patients and families, including chaplain services and other resources.
- Cost-effective care: Hospice care can be more cost-effective than other types of medical care, as it focuses on comfort and support rather than more costly curative treatment.
Hospice care can be arranged by the patient, family, or healthcare provider. Patients eligible for hospice care generally have a terminal illness with a prognosis of six months or less if the illness runs its natural course. Patients must also elect to receive hospice care instead of curative treatment.
Suppose the patient cannot make decisions about their care due to their illness. In that case, their healthcare proxy or legal guardian can arrange hospice care on their behalf. Sometimes, the patient’s primary care doctor or a hospice care provider may suggest hospice care as an option for end-of-life care.
It’s important to discuss the patient’s wishes and goals for their end-of-life care with their healthcare provider and loved ones to determine the best course of action. Hospice care is a primary option, but other options may be available to better meet the patient’s needs and preferences.
Several types of hospice care can be provided to patients in the end stages of a terminal illness. These types of care include:
- Respite care: This type of hospice care is provided short-term, usually for a few days, to give the patient’s primary caregiver a break. Respite care can be provided in the patient’s home, hospice facility, or hospital.
- Continuous care: This type of hospice care is provided when the patient’s symptoms are severe and require around-the-clock care. Continuous care can be provided in the patient’s home or a hospice facility.
- General inpatient care: This type of hospice care is provided in a hospice facility or hospital when the patient’s symptoms cannot be managed at home or if the patient needs to be monitored more closely.
- Home hospice care: This is the most common type of care provided in the patient’s home. It may include visits from a hospice care team and support from family and friends.
Hospice care is customized to meet the patient’s specific needs and preferences. The type of hospice care that is best for the patient will depend on their circumstances and end-of-life care goals.
Many options are available to provide compassionate hospice care
Our team of respite and hospice caregivers are available to discuss how we can assist with this difficult and challenging time and allow you the peace and freedom to focus on your loved ones.