Facts and Questions about Hospice
Is Hospice services only for those who have a few days to live?
NO!! After experiencing the quality and comfort that hospice provides, a majority of individuals and families state that they wish they had started receiving hospice care earlier in the course of the illness. • Hospice care tends to be most beneficial when families receive the full range of skilled medical, emotional and spiritual support services for at least a month or more.
Are Hospice staff available by phone any time, day, or night?
Yes, patients and families can depend on 24/7 assistance by phone and/or a nursing visit if needed.
Does Hospice stop services if an individual lives longer than 6 months?
No, Hospice care can be extened past 6 months if a person's health continues to get worse or the physician believes a person has less than 6 months to live.
Under Medicare quidelines, hospices are required to stop care if the patient's condition improves beyond a brief or temporary period so that life expectancy is now greater than 6 months.
Is Hospice services only available to people with cancer?
NO! The majority of patients under hospice care have conditions other than cancer. Hospice serves ALL individuals with life threatening illness that include heart disease, kidney failure, COPD, etc.
Can Hospice be provided in a nursing home?
Patients can get hospice care in a variety of residential settings, including nursing homes, assisted living communities, or private residences.
Currently, we have a contract with Seneca Hill Manor to provide hospice services in their nursing home.
Hospice care helps the dying individual by speeding up the dying process?
Hospice providers do not speed up the dying process, nor can they or other medical professionals cure terminal illnesses. Some studies suggest hospice care may actually extend life.
Hospice tries to maximize patient quality of life for the remainder of his/her life by addressing pain and symptoms. Hospice can also offer opportunities to do important things – such as attend a wedding, graduation, church service, or other significant event
Who can make a referral to Hospice?
A patient, family member, friend or doctor can contact a hospice to ask about whether hospice care would be appropriate.
After a conversation and assessment of the condition, the patient’s doctor and hospice professionals (in consultation with the patient) will determine whether the individual could benefit from hospice care.
A primary goal of hospice is to treat the emotional needs of the dying individual and their family
True Dealing with a serious illness or loss of a loved one can be very difficult. The hospice team supports families by providing emotional support. Social workers, grief counselors, and spiritual support personnel are part of the hospice team. Individuals and family can decide the extent of services they want and need to receive.