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.
In order to qualify for hospice care, a doctor or medial professional must certify that a patient has a terminal illness and will probably have six months or less to live.
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.
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.