PEACE, COMFORT AND DIGNITY AS AN
It’s been home for all their lives. And given a choice, it’s the only place that most people want to spend their final days. Our goal is to honor their wishes, and make their last days as comfortable and dignified as possible.
WHAT IS HOSPICE CARE?
Hospice is end-of-life care for those diagnosed with a terminal illness. It is highly personalized care focused on keeping the patient comfortable, providing medical attention that addresses symptoms, and providing necessary daily-living help.
Hospice care is about the quality of each day, not the number of days. Many people seek hospice care when their illness has a terminal prognosis. Hospice care can also provide services to individuals who may need additional emotional support, or who decide to discontinue treatment and are preparing to spend their final days at home.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR HOSPICE CARE?
There are two criteria to qualify:
- The Patient must be referred by a physician who certifies prognosis as 6 months or less.
- The Patient must elect Hospice Care.
Our Social Worker is available to help you understand what is required to qualify for hospice care, and can help with identifying additional available resources.
WHO PAYS FOR HOSPICE CARE?
For qualifying individuals, Hospice Care may be covered under Medicaid or Medicare. In other cases, it may be covered by private insurance.
WHAT SERVICES ARE INCLUDED?
What makes Hospice unique is the team approach to care. An individual program is developed for each patient, in conjunction with the referring physician who specifies the medical care to be delivered.
Our social worker spends time with the patient and their family to identify the care that the patient wants, and communicates their wishes to the rest of the team.
- Hospice Coordinator/Social Worker
- Spiritual Leader/Pastoral Services
- Home Health Aides
- >Hospice Volunteer Coordinator
- Massage Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- The Threshold Choir
- Bereavement Counseling for Family
- Annual Memorial Service
For more information on all aspects of Hospice, please visit: Caring Connections