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Hospice, Compassionate Care
At the center of hospice, compassionate care, is a belief that each of us has the right to live pain-free and with dignity. To accomplish this, compassionate care is used as a model for quality compassionate care & hospice, which is for people facing a terminal illness or injury. Quality care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care with compassion. This includes pain management and emotional support to the patient’s needs and wishes as well as support to the patient’s loved ones. Hospice focuses on compassion care, not the curing of chronic diseases. In most cases, care is provided in the patient’s home, but it can also be provided in 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? Typically, a family member serves as the primary caregiver, and when appropriate they help make decisions for the terminally ill individual. To ease the load of the family member, members of the hospice staff make regular visits to assess patients and to provide additional care or other services for those who qualify. For your convenience, hospice staff is 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? In order 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
The hospice team develops a care plan that meets each patient’s individual need by covering pain management and symptom control. This team typically consists 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
What services are provided? Major responsibilities 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;
- Delivering special services like speech and physical therapy when needed;
- Making short-term inpatient care available when pain/symptoms become too difficult to manage, or 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.