Anytime is a good time to discuss care options. You don’t have to wait for your physician or hospital to raise the possibility of hospice you can raise it first. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have. A consultation can be arranged by calling our office.
Any number of family or friends can be involved. It is never easy and sometimes can be quite difficult. Individualized care plans are prepared that address the amount of caregiving a person needs. Care needs are based on the individual’s level of function.
Hospice staff visits regularly and is always accessible to answer questions and provide support Though family and friends must be relied on to give custodial care (ongoing physical care), volunteers are provided to help with providing e a break and time away for primary caregivers. It may not be necessary for someone to be with the patient at all times. Later, however, hospice generally recommends someone be there continuously since one of the most common fears of patients is the fear of dying alone.
Hospices have staff available to consult with the family and to make night visits as appropriate. Respite Care can be arranged to give family members a break.
Be familiar with legal documents before and after you decide to use hospice care, some of these documents require legal counsel.
Know your rights as a patient Medical Durable Power of Attorney (MDPOA) states that if you become incapacitated this signed document gives authority to an adult at least 18 years of age to make necessary medical and health care decisions for you. Complete a Living Will.
Hospice patients are cared for by a team, which consists of doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, home health aides, clergy, therapists, and volunteers. Hospices help provide medications, supplies, equipment, hospital services and additional helpers in the home as appropriate.
Hospice does not provide 24-hour care in the home unless there is a crisis which constitutes temporary around-the-clock care. Most hospice services are delivered in a personal residence, but some patients do live in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, hospitals or hospice centers.
Hospice nurses and doctors are up to date on the latest medications and devices for pain and symptom relief. Counselors, including clergy, are available to assist family members as well as patients. By using some combination of medications, counseling and therapies, most patients can attain a level of comfort that is acceptable to them.
It is the goal of hospice to help patients be as comfortable and alert as they desire.