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Compassionate Care Hospice

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What Is Hospice

What Is Hospice?

Hospice is a philosophy of curated care and service for people with a terminal illness along with providing a support system for their loved ones. Hospice is about providing the best quality of life during the final stage of life.

Compassionate Care Hospice not only provides skilled pain management for the patient, but also emotional support, spiritual services, and grief support for family members following the death of a loved one. Hospice cares for the person, not the disease, while supporting life and focusing on compassion, comfort, dignity and quality of life during the remaining months, weeks, days, and hours of life. Hospice neither hastens nor slows the natural progression of life.

Compassionate Care Hospice provides a dedicated team of professionals from a vast array of disciplines to your home: doctors, nurses, spiritual counselors, social workers and volunteers. Our experienced team specializes in assisting the patient and family through the transition from designed care to comfort care. During this phase, no active or specialized therapies are undertaken. Patients are allowed the opportunity to transition with lessened or no pain, and with as much dignity, respect and independence as their condition will accommodate.

Hospice Facts

Hospice Facts:

  • Hospice is not a physical location, like a hospital or nursing home.

  • Hospice focuses on quality of life; it is most beneficial during the final six months of
    life expectancy.

  • Hospice is not a “death bed” service for people in the last 48 hours of life.

  • Hospice gives the right of truth to everyone involved, so they may accurately know what
    is happening to them, and so they may navigate how they wish to spend the remaining time
    in the most meaningful ways.

  • Hospice is not a place to send dying people to and keep them ignorant of exactly what is
    happening to them.

  • Hospice is for people who have any and all terminal illnesses.

  • Hospice is not just for cancer patients.

  • Hospice is a realistic way to deal with a fatal diagnosis.

  • Hospice offers hope, dignity and comfort.

  • Hospice is not giving up on hope or help.

  • Hospice is a family-oriented program that helps families and/or friends care for their
    loved one in the sanctuary of their own homes.

  • Hospice is not a substitute for the family or the family’s care, but rather a much
    needed addition.

  • Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and several other insurance providers.

  • Hospice is not expensive.

  • Hospice neither hastens nor prolongs death.

  • Hospice lets nature run its course.

  • Hospice is not euthanasia.

Hospice

When to Consider Hospice:

For many of us, end-of-life discussions with family members are very difficult, and in most cases, nonexistent. Although challenging, it is best for families to share their wishes before the terminal state becomes an immediate reality. In many situations, patients with terminal illnesses may lose their ability to communicate with their near and dear, forcing family members to make uncomfortable decisions independently during an already stressful period. Hospice is for people who have a life expectancy of six months or less and have chosen to focus on the alleviation of pain and symptoms rather than healing treatment. People considering hospice need to ask themselves just a few questions prior to enrolling with our services.
Hospice

Are You or a Loved One Facing a Life-Limiting Disease or Illness, Such As:

  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Alzheimer’s/Dementia
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Neurologic Diseases
  • Liver/Renal Failure
  • Stroke or Coma
  • AIDS/HIV
Patient Goals

What are the Patient’s Goals and Wishes:

Compassionate Care Hospice listens to our patients and designs a care plan based on their preferences for end-of-life treatment. This process known as Advance Care Planning (ACP) ensures the patient’s wishes are known and honored should they reach a point in their progression that prevents communication. Our team will then assemble a personalized care plan that includes certain procedures or interventions that should, or should not be pursued, and honors the patient’s wishes while focusing on the remaining time left with the utmost attention to quality of life. Our clinicians are experienced in assessing whether a patient is eligible for hospice, and can meet with the patient and family for a free assessment.
The Practice

Understanding the Practice:

Recognizing the rights of terminally ill patients and their families is fundamental. We know that it is extremely important to keep our patients and their family members informed of their clinical prognosis and updates in condition. An informed patient and family can more easily work through the decision-making process that determines how their end-of-life care is provided.
Quality Of Life

Is the Patient Showing Signs of Decline and Losing Quality of Life?

Factors to Consider if it’s Time for Hospice:

  • Has a doctor certified the patient has six months or less to live?
  • Are curative treatments no longer effective or are they creating side effects, undue suffering or discomfort?
  • Does the patient no longer wish to be hospitalized?
  • Is the patient losing the ability to perform the activities of daily living (eating, dressing, personal hygiene, maintaining continence, transferring)?
  • Has the patient had multiple hospitalizations or emergency room visits?
  • Has the patient lost 10% or more of body weight?
  • Is the patient’s physical activity or mental alertness declining?
Live Longer

Patients Live Longer and More Comfortable with Hospice:

In March 2007 National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization conducted a study looking at 4,493 Medicare beneficiaries with some of the most common diagnoses leading to death. Patients who received hospice services lived on average, 29 days longer than those who did not receive hospice care and lived a better quality of life.

There is no time limit for a patient to receive hospice benefits. Hospice is for patients who are expected to live six months or less, but can be extended if the patient continues to meet the criteria. If our team determines that a patient’s prognosis is extended, we will discharge the patient from our service and carefully transition the patient with an appropriate plan in place.

Bereavement Care

Bereavement Care – Emotional Support:

Upon our initial visit, we will identify people in need of bereavement support prior to and following the death of the dearly departed. Our bereavement program offers support and counseling to the patient, the family, loved ones and any care staff, for a minimum of thirteen months following a patient’s passing.

Our goal is to empower families and loved ones to recognize and develop skills to manage grief, while learning to adjust to the passing of a loved one. Our program aims to prevent the onset of grief related physical and mental health issues.

We revere the human experience, we offer support services for the family after the loved one has departed. We are reachable every hour of every day. A dedicated hospice care nurse is always available by phone with the ability to expedite further medical treatment. Our multi-disciplinary staff is ready to respond whenever needed for a medical or emotional emergency.

Respite Care

Respite Care:

Caregivers and family members often experience stress and become overwhelmed in caring for their loved one, so we offer an opportunity for them to take a break and recharge during an up to five-day relief period known as Respite. During this managed short-term stay, the patient will be admitted to a fully accredited inpatient facility where our services will continue, so that caregivers and family members may rest and recover. This is also an opportunity for you to enjoy a short vacation knowing that your loved one is being cared for.
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