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What is Hospice?

Hospice is a philosophy of care. That care is provided to people with life-limiting illnesses, in their own homes, where they can be in familiar surroundings and close to their loved ones. The focus of care at this time shifts from curative care (curing the disease) to palliative care (to provide more comfort and quality). Important and difficult decisions need to be made about issues that most people know very little about. Families find that they are physically unable or do not know how to care for their loved one. Your physician or hospital may recommend hospice care to assist you at this time, or patients and families may call hospice on their own.

Who pays for Hospice?

Hospice is covered by most insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid. We can verify your insurance for you.

If I don’t have cancer, can I still be in Hospice?

Yes, hospice care is available to people whose disease have reached the End-Stage. These may include ALS, heart disease, COPD, Neurological Diseases, AIDS, Alzheimer and others.

Your Hospice Team and Services:

 Provides oversight of the medical services of the program to ensure an adequate and qualified medical staff for clinical service and coverage needs. Provides guidance to the interdisciplinary team (IDT) and Ethics Committee in the resolution of conflict and ethical issues. Participates in quality improvement initiatives and programs; identifies opportunities for quality improvement in patient care and safety. 
In consultation with the physician, a registered nurse will set up a plan of care. Nursing care may involve administering medication, monitoring the condition of patient, controlling pain, and providing other health support.
 
Home health aides can help the patient with his or her basic personal needs such as walking, getting out of bed, bathing, and dressing.  Aides assist clients with more specialized care under supervision of a nurse. Maintains the household with meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, and other housekeeping chores.
 
Services provided Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy. As a terminal illness progresses, the patient may lose his or her ability to accomplish basic daily tasks such as dressing or feeding. Therapists can work with the patient to find new ways to accomplish lost functions.

 
Medical social workers provide various services to the patient, including counseling and locating community resources to help the patient and his or her family. Social Workers are also the patient’s case manager when the patient’s medical condition is very complex and requires coordination of many services.
 
The physician plays an important role in determining the plan of care with the hospice care team.
 
As part of the hospice care team, volunteers provide services ranging from companionship to carpooling. Volunteers often fill in the gaps for families dealing with a terminal illness and provide support for both the patient and the family.
 
Chaplains provide spiritual support to terminally ill patients and their families. Chaplain make spiritual assessments of patients, taking into account mental, emotional, physical and spiritual stresses, and respond with appropriate counseling and care. Chaplains are members of the interdisciplinary team, which is a group of specialists and professionals that provides guidance and support. 
 
13 Month Bereavement Program. Care for the family does not end with the death of a patient. The hospice care team works with the surviving family members to help them cope with the grieving process. Bereavement support may include counseling, support groups, or medical referrals.
 
Music Therapists and Audio Engineers work with each client to achieve clinical outcomes.Using special technology, individuals can record and produce their own music without the use of hands or feet. The program is adapted for individuals with disabilities such as quadriplegia, severe mental & physical impairment, emotional impairment and cognitive impairment. Physical Benefits Improve motor functions and skills Improve sensory functions Improve autonomic nervous system response Improve body awarenes Improve physical speech skills Cognitive Benefits Improve cognitive Skills Improve communication Increase attention span/task awareness Reinforce academic skills Psychological/Emotional Benefits Increase emotional awareness Increase and improve emotional expression Elevate Mood Reduce trauma and fear of illness or injury Enhance awareness of self and self-­‐image Improve decision-­‐making skills Improve problem-­‐solving Skills Improve conflict resolution Skills Improve coping Skills Support a sense of hope, control over life, sense of Accomplishment, security and stability Social Benefits Establish Relationships Promote group cohesion ( Private and Public establishment Groups ) Increase Peer interaction

These service are offered in the following locations: