Hospice provides comforting care for individuals no longer seeking aggressive or curative treatments. Through pain and symptom management, hospice addresses the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social end of life needs for both a patient and their family.
Admission to hospice is typically based on a patient’s terminal diagnosis with a prognosis six months or less. Additionally, hospice patients and their families believe that curative treatments are no longer beneficial.
Because not every patient responds the same throughout the disease process, some prognoses can vary. Our care team continuously assesses each patient’s appropriateness for hospice care. If a patient’s condition improves hospice care may no longer be necessary. In certain circumstances a patient’s condition may improve, in this event our care team will assist in discharge planning to insure a continuum of care.
Because hospice is dedicated to the care of patients that no longer seek curative or aggressive treatment, it is expected future hospitalizations are undesired (with some exceptions for extreme cases). If a patient is brought to a hospital without prior hospice coordination, it is important to contact us, so a revocation can be discussed, if necessary.
Patients with terminal illness can receive hospice care where they are living. This may include their private residence, Independent Living Communities, Assisted Living facilities, Memory Care units, Skilled Nursing Facilities and Hospitals.
Our hospice team becomes an extension of the staff already in place caring for your loved one. Hospice provides support to the patients, families, and the staff, while increasing the amount of care patients receive.
What is Hospice