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Hospice is compassionate care focused on comfort. It is care that meets the unique needs of each person. Hospice celebrates life. It allows patients and families to make the most of everyday.
A patient has a life-limiting illness. He or she is ready to stop curative treatments. The patient’s doctor, the patient, or a loved one can recommend hospice. Patients with end-stage illness can be referred. The sooner the patient is referred the better. Many say the only regret they have hospice is they didn’t call sooner.
The hospice doctor and patient’s Doctor decide if the patient can enroll in hospice. The physician must verify that the patient has a life -limiting illness and will likely live six months or less.
Patients are reviewed regularly. Doctors approve hospice services again at each review. Doctors can cancel services if the patient improves. Patients can also cancel hospice at any time patient can re-enroll or keep hospice care beyond six months with Doctor approval.
The next step is creating a plan of care. A hospice team member will visit to decide what the patient needs. Treatments are chosen based on the patient’s values and beliefs. The care plan changes with patient’s conditions.
The care plan is designed to lessen physical symptoms of the disease. The care plan also helps ease stress about emotional, social, or spiritual concerns.
Hospice services are provided in a patient’s home. Hospice will come set up equipment and train caregivers. We also deliver care in skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, inpatient facilities, and other settings. Hospice goes wherever the patient lives.
Hospice staff visits on a regular schedule based on the patient’s needs. Patients are checked, medicines are adjusted, and support is given. Many programs have staff on call around the clock.