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What You May Not Know About Hospice
What is a terminal illness?
It is a medical prognosis made by two physicians affirming someone qualifies for hospice services with a life-limiting illness. The following is a list of common diagnoses that are considered hospice appropriate:
- Lung Disease
- Heart Disease
- Neurological Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease
Will I have to change doctors?
At Grace Hospice and Palliative Care, we believe a continued relationship with your physician is important and recommend you maintain your relationship with your physician. If this is not feasible, Grace Hospice has specialized hospice physicians to oversee your care.
Will I have to stop my routine medications?
Grace Hospice and Palliative Care views each patient individually and does not encourage the discontinuation of medications. The hospice physician reviews all of the medication on admission and on a routine basis. Any recommendations or adjustments to medications are discussed with the patient/family prior to any changes being made.
What are the different levels of care?
- Routine Home Care/Nursing Home Care
- Inpatient Hospital Care
- Respite Care
- Continuous Time Care/Crisis Care
What care is covered under the hospice benefit?
- Nursing Services
- Certified Nursing Assistants
- Emotional/Spiritual Support
- Trained Volunteers
- Respite Care
- Continuous Time Care
- 24 Hour On Call Availability
- Physicial Oversight
- Medication/Supplies/Equipment (Related to diagnosis)
- Transition/Palliative Program with Grace Home Health
Is a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) a requirement to receive hospice?
A DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) is not required for hospice admission unless it is for an inpatient hospice admission. Our care team will continue to educate the patient/family in the event there is a change in their decision.
How long can I remain in hospice care?
The Medicare Hospice benefit and most private insurances cover hospice care for as long as the patient continues to need hospice care.
Why should I change from home health to hospice care?
The hospice care team provides symptom management as well as emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families. Hospice care offers many services home health cannot, such as covered medications and medical supplies/equipment. Hospice services are customized to fit the needs of each patient and their family.
What are some of the common indicators when hospice care may be appropriate?
- Frequent Hospitalizations
- Recurrent Infections
- Decline in Medical Condition
- Weight Loss
- Deteriorating Mental Capabilities
- Increased need for assistance with activities of daily living (eating, dressing, bathing)
- Increase in pain, nausea, or shortness of breath
When should I consider hospice care?
Hospice Care is appropriate when all measures to cure the patient of a terminal illness have been exhausted and when the physician(s) declare(s) the patient’s illness is life-limiting.
How do I get hospice care?
Your doctor may make a referral to Grace Hospice or you may contact our office to schedule an information visit to discuss our services. Studies show that patients who are cared for under hospice care show an increase in the length of life and an improved quality of life.
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