As a patient or family member of a patient, are you looking for more information about hospice care? You are in the right place. Learn more about the services that Quality Hospice Care offers below. And, as always, we welcome your phone calls to discuss your needs. Thank you for your time.
What Is Hospice?
When called upon, we can provide specialized knowledge of medical care that family and loved ones might lack. We address symptoms with an emphasis on controlling the patient’s pain, and our team-oriented approach considers the Emotional, Social, and Spiritual well-being, both before, and after loss. Available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, your loved one will receive regular visits from our team members-in addition to a 24 hour-a-day on-call Hospice professional.
How Do We Qualify For Hospice?
In order to qualify for hospice care, a physician must certify that a patient has a terminal illness and will probably have six months or less if the disease runs its normal course.
As always, it is difficult to put a timeline on a patient’s life, but most insurers and all Medicare administrators will require this diagnosis before they will cover the cost of hospice care.
Patients may also switch in and out of hospice care as a medical condition worsens or improves. For example, a person whose cancer goes into remission may switch out of hospice care, but enter it again if symptoms recur. It’s also acceptable for a patient to move in or out of hospice care simply because he or she has a change of heart or is anxious to try a new type of medical treatment.
Is Hospice Giving Up?
Although there may not be a cure for your illness, entering into hospice care is not giving up at all. It is redirecting your energy and focus. It is choosing to make the most of the time that you do have left and cherishing your moments with family and friends. Some choose this time to check the last few things off of their bucket list, while others choose to spend as much time with family as possible to create lasting memories for their loved ones they will leave behind.
Whichever path you choose, rest assured that hospice is not giving up at all, it is deciding to live the rest of your life to the fullest and on YOUR terms.
Talking To Loved Ones About Hospice
Below are some great resources for discussing hospice care with your loved ones. For further assistance, please feel free to all our office today!
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Quality Hospice offers a complete range of care with state-of-the-art nursing services combined with an interdisciplinary team (your Care Team) who will see that all aspects of the patient, including physical, emotional and spiritual needs are met during this difficult time. We are here for you 24 hours every day providing the following:
Works in conjunction with the patient’s personal physician and oversees the medical and palliative care of each patient.
Our nurses are going to be there with you every step of the way. Your care team is led by an Registered Nurse who coordinates all aspects of your care or your loved one’s care. Our dedicated nurses choose to practice only hospice care because they have a heart for hospice. Their services are specialized and tailored to your specific needs and illness. If you are a Veteran then we have a special program just for you and your unique physical and psychosocial needs. You will have regularly scheduled nursing visits based on the plan that you and your Care Team work out as well as changes to the frequency of visits as they are needed.
Our Social Worker is specially trained in grief, bereavement and end-of-life issues and will handle all of the details so the focus can be on your care or the care of your loved one. They participate in the initial assessment upon admission to hospice care. They help develop the care plan and provide supportive counseling for patients and their families. They can also offer information and connect the patient and their family with community resources.
Our Bereavement Counselor will provide “grief counseling” to you or your family members upon request. We offer this service because we believe that the family’s wellbeing goes hand-in-hand with the care and comfort of the patient. We also follow up with family and significant others for 13 months after the patient passes with cards, calls, and personal visits, if they’re requested. We have a memorial service every six months where loved ones are invited to come together with other families to honor those who have passed, celebrate the beauty and sanctity of life and gain more strength to look toward the future. We also have a list of books available to help navigate though this period of grief and healing.
Spiritual Care / Chaplain Services
This is a time of profound change for people and their families. Spiritual care, from a broad spectrum of religious and spiritual traditions, is a core hospice service that is available to all Quality Hospice patients and their loved ones. This service is not meant to replace personal pastoral relationships. Some people express spirituality through religion and others do not. We understand that beliefs are unique to each person and no matter what your religious or spiritual beliefs, we are there to meet you in whatever way is comfortable and meaningful to you. Anyone in the family may request spiritual counseling or a referral to community pastoral care at anytime.
Hospice Aide Services
Our licensed Certified Nursing Assistants provide personal care and attention, such as bathing and feeding. A schedule will be established upon admission to determine if and when you would like these services.
Our volunteers are truly the “heart of hospice,” and are an essential part of the team. A hospice volunteer is a specially trained individual who provides assistance to patients, their families, and those experiencing grief. They are available to provide companionship, assistance and support. This could be sitting with a patient so that the caregiver can take a much needed break or running errands for the caregiver who is at a point where they don’t want to leave. Volunteers may help prepare a meal, read to a patient, or just share some quiet time. There are also Special Service volunteers who donate their professional services from time to time, whether it be legal help with a document such as a will, financial services, a beautician that comes to give a haircut or a manicure, or a licensed masseuse offering the gift of therapeutic massage. Whatever the need, one of our compassionate and dedicated volunteers wants to help you.