Some people think of hospice as having given up on care and giving in to the final surrender. The end of life stage is frightening for many people, often because they just don’t know what to expect. The reality is that hospice helps people prioritize the wishes of the patient and family so that they can make the most out of the time that they have left. Hospice is specialized care for terminally ill seniors or other patients with the goal of easing the path and providing comfort when a physician suspects that a patient has about six months left to live.
Hospice does not need to be provided in a residential hospice center or hospital. Hospice teams can be dispatched to the patient’s home, an assisted living facility, a nursing home, a relative’s home, or any other setting where the patient is comfortable. Hospice is not a person or a setting. It’s a type of specialized care that supports people that have terminal illnesses and their families. Hospice teams consist of a physician, nurse manager, nurse’s aide, social worker, clergy, and volunteers. The team will educate the family members on what kinds of changes they can expect in their loved one in relation to how much time they have left to spend with them.
Hinds Hospice cares for patients with a staff of over 190 medical providers and over 300 devoted volunteers. Hinds Hospice has been a trusted hospice provider since 1981. Families can expect to begin care with a free, confidential assessment. They also offer an extensive bereavement support program through the Center for Grief and Healing. The program offers resources and information about supplemental services and makes it easier to talk about difficult end-of-life matters.
AseraCare claims to be one of the premier providers of hospice and palliative care in the nation. AseraCare offers a philosophical approach to care that affirms life, while accepting death as a natural part of the life cycle. AseraCare offers an interdisciplinary team of medical and social service providers that manage pain and other illness symptoms so that patients can stay as alert as possible and live through the final stage of life with dignity and loving support. The hospice teams works closely with families to develop a treatment plan that best meets the needs of the patient and family.
Sister Raphael McGrath founded Saint Agnes Home Health and Hospice in 1978. It was the first program of its kind in the San Joaquin Valley. Physicians manage the patient’s care and customize a plan for pain management and symptom control. Other members of the team include nurses, social workers, hospice aides, bereavement counselors, dieticians, spiritual care providers, and volunteers. Saint Agnes accepts Medicare, Medi-Cal, and private insurance. Nurses are available around the clock to answer family members’ questions about medications and other concerns.
Optimal Hospice Care organizes a team of professionals to acclimate patients and families to better understanding hospice services. The team will work with the patient’s current physician. Hospice care can be started or stopped at any time.
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