10 Things you need to know about Hospice Care
Hospice Care is a special service designed intensively for people with end of life illnesses, 10 things you need to know about Hospice Care which includes medical, emotional, spiritual and grief support. We misunderstand Hospice, despite of its advantages.
Hospice Care is never offered sometimes and other times the patient or their families are reluctant to accept hospice care. In our case studies, we noticed that many families after receiving our hospice care felt that they should have approached our hospice care services earlier and sooner, as it would had really supported both the patient and their families in all ways.
1.Services covered by Hospice
Hospice Care includes:
a. Medical care from registered nurses trained in pain control and symptom management.
b. Personal care needs are met by certified nursing assistants who help with feeding or bathing assistance, shaving or nail care.
c. Emotional support is provided by social workers who help manage the stress and emotional aspects of late-stage illness.
d. Spiritual care is offered by chaplains who are professional clergy and recognize spiritual needs at this time of life.
e. Volunteers offer companionship by playing cards, reading a newspaper, having coffee, taking walks or giving wheelchair rides, etc.
f. Grief support is available from highly trained grief specialists who offer one-on-one visits, phone calls and literature to family members for up to 13 months, depending on individual needs and comfort level.
2. Hospice Care is for Cancer patients alone??
No. HospiceCare is for anyone with a late-stage illness, including Alzheimer’s, dementia, heart and lung diseases, renal failure, HIV and other life-limiting illness.
3. Only Elderly opts for Hospice??
Hospice Care is for people of all ages—from infants to the elderly—who have a life expectancy of six months or less if the illness runs its “normal” course.
4. We learned that Hospice care is expensive??
No. At Sahara Hospice Care, services including medication and equipment related to the terminal diagnosis, are completely covered under the Medicare/Medicaid Hospice Benefit. Many private insurance carriers also offers a hospice benefit. Sahara Hospicecare provides services to everyone who qualifies for the medical guidelines of hospice care, regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay.
5. I only need to contact just before the end days of life, a week or two?
Its a myth. No, you don’t. As soon as you learn about the terminal diagnosis, you need to contact the hospice services to benefit most. It can lighten the burden if initiated at any early stage.
6. Workers of Hospice are ONLY volunteers??
No. At Sahara Hospice Care, we provide care by our highly specialized professional staff, which includes our trained and registered nurses, certified assistants, social workers, chaplains and grief specialists.
7. Its a choice (Hospice) when we give up??
We misunderstand Hospice Care. Its caring the individual rather than curing!! At Sahara Hospice our focus is to help the patient achieve maximum comfort both physically and mentally. We have pain and symptom management experts to provide support and relief giving relaxation time to families to share special moments with each other for end of life experiences.
8. Do I only need to contact Hospice Care upon suggestion of my doctor??
We recommend that as soon as you learn about the terminal diagnosis, get prepared for your options to Hospice Care. You can call us anytime to dig deeper with no obligations. Although a physician’s order is required for admission to the Hospice program.
9. Hospice is a place?
Not always. With Sahara Hospicecare, hospice is a concept of care and support. It can be at your home, nursing homes or our place depending on the selection of the patient and their families.
10. Is selecting Hospice makes you die sooner??
No. Selecting Hospice Care never means that death is decided. Hospice care neither hastens death nor prolongs life. It is purely to improve the better quality of life during the end of life experiences.
Never allow your fears to prevent you from getting the care you or your loved one needs and deserve.
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