What is Hospice Care?
Hospice is specialized care designed to support individuals and their loved ones during a life-limiting illness. The focus of care is on comfort and quality of life, rather than cure. Hospice care addresses the medical, physical, emotional, spiritual, and social needs of each patient while also being there to support their loved ones. The goal is to effectively manage a patient’s pain and symptoms
When is Hospice Care appropriate?
To be eligible for hospice care, the patient’s doctor must certify that he or she has a terminal illness. These individuals choose palliative care that focuses on symptom management rather than curative treatment, as well as choose no extreme measures to sustain life. A registered nurse will perform an evaluation to assess the patient for eligibility criteria. Hospice-appropriate individuals may exhibit some or all of the following:
- Frequent hospitalizations or ER visits
- Progressive weight loss
- Deteriorating mental capacity
- Recurrent infections
- Overall decline in condition
Physician Directed care
On-call availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Medical equipment and supplies
Coordination with patient’s primary physician
Certified Nursing Assistant services
Spiritual counseling and support
Professionally trained volunteers
Is hospice available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
Hospice care is available 24 hours a day, seven days a weekRead more
How long does a person live after being put on hospice?
It is possible for people to go on and off hospice as needed.Read more
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