At LifeCare Hospice we understand the challenges families face as a loved one reaches the final stages of life. Hospice is end-of-life care that provides comfort and support for patients and their families. Hospice can help turn a difficult time into a journey of comfort, peace and dignity by providing reassurance and assistance with personal needs. Most importantly, we regard the unique needs of each patient and their family and do our best to fulfill their individual wishes.
Who Needs Hospice and Who is Eligible for Hospice Care?
Hospice is appropriate for any person in the final stage of life and for families facing the death of a loved one. The only requirements are that a physician certifies that the patient has a life-limiting illness (generally less than six months) and that the patient wants hospice care.
While everyone in the final stage of life would benefit from the compassionate and professional care of a well-trained Hospice Team, hospice is especially helpful when:
- The patient suffers physical discomfort or pain
- The patient or family has trouble accepting the end of life
- Caregivers are unable to manage either emotionally or physically
- Emotional issues are preventing conciliation, growth and closure
Referrals to Hospice can be made by a patient, family, friend or by a medical professional. Many people wonder when to start hospice care. Hospice can start anytime you are aware that there is an incurable illness. Hospice care is extremely helpful in addressing symptoms such as pain, nausea, and fear in the last stages of an illness.
Once a client is enrolled, hospice alleviates much of the stress associated with preparing for a loved ones final stage of life. Hospice services cover the cost and management of medications, medical equipment, home supplies, health aides and professional visits from nurses, social workers, spiritual/bereavement counselors and other care givers.
Who Provides Hospice Care?
Since everyone’s needs are unique, hospice creates an individualized Plan of Care for each patient. Hospice’s interdisciplinary teams – physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy and volunteers – help our patients and their families with their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. These professionals work closely with the client and family to manage all needs with a team approach. As a member of this interdisciplinary team, a hospice nurse is on call 24 hours a day.
Who pays for Hospice Care?
There are so many worries when facing the end of life; it is a relief to know that hospice is available for everyone who needs it, regardless of financial status. LifeCare Hospice is a Medicare certified program and is covered by Medicaid, private insurance, private pay or charity care program.