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Hospice, Compassionate Care
Most of all compassionate care is so important it is at the heart of hospice. In addition to compassion care is a belief that each of us have a right to live pain-free and to be treated with dignity. Therefore compassionate care is used as a model for quality care in hospice for people facing a terminal illness. Our care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care with compassion. Pain management and emotional support are especially relevant to the patient. Emotional and educational support are consequently relevant for the patient’s care givers. Hospice focuses on compassion care rather than the curing of chronic diseases. Care is provided in the patient’s home, assisted living communities, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Hospice services are available to patients of any age, religion, race or illness and are fully covered under Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans.
How does hospice care work? First of all family member typically serves as the most important caregivers. Because the family is so important hospice seeks to ease the load of the family with regular visits to assess patient needs and to provide additional care and other services. Therefore, hospice staff are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (972) 239-8131.
How do I know if my loved one qualifies for hospice care? Because hospice is for the terminally ill to receive hospice care, the patient must 1) have a terminal illness with a life expectancy of 6 months or less, and 2) not be seeking curative measure for the illness.
The Hospice Team
Especially important to know regarding hospice is the hospice team to the members who provide the quality care. Since the hospice team develops a care plan that meets each patient’s individual need by covering pain management and symptom control it important to know the various team members. This team typically consists especially of:
- The patient’s personal physician;
- Hospice physician (or medical director);
- Home health aides;
- Social workers;
- Clergy or other counselors;
- Trained volunteers; and
- Speech, physical, and occupational therapists, if needed.
Hospice, Compassionate Care Services
Finally what services are provided? Major task of the interdisciplinary team includes:
- Managing the patient’s pain and symptoms;
- Assisting the patient with the emotional, psychosocial and spiritual aspects of dying;
- Providing needed medications, medical supplies, and equipment;
- Coaching the family on how to care for the patient;
- Short-term inpatient care is available when pain/symptoms become too difficult to manage
- Respite care if the caregiver needs respite time; and
- Providing bereavement care and counseling to surviving family and friends.
Contact Us Today for information or for a face to face visit. We are available 7 days a week and 24 hours a day by phone 972-239-8131.