Once the medical providers have stopped all live saving measures, the patient still needs to be kept free of pain and as comfortable as possible. When it becomes apparent that the patient has less than six months to live, family members may call in hospice workers to help see the patient and the family through to the end. At that point, care becomes more than a medical event. It becomes more about relationships and spending time together. Fear creeps in as neither the patient nor the caregivers know how much time will be left. Those who have made a career in caring for the dying have become experts in helping families through this time with dignity and compassion.
The Missouri Statewide Hospice and Palliative Care Association (MHPCA) is a statewide non-profit organization that aims to strengthen care for the terminally ill by promoting coordinated care. The organization works to increase understanding of palliative and hospice care for terminally ill patients and their families.
They also support the needs and resources for healthcare professionals working in the hospice and palliative care specialties. Working together with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the association supports communication between existing and developing hospice programs. The association also serves as an advocate to improve health care legislation and regulate standards for hospice care at the state and federal levels. MHPCA also educates the public about hospice care and supports eldercare research.
HCR ManorCare family is a leading provider of home health care, hospice care, skilled nursing, memory care, and post-acute care. Heartland Hospice is the hospice division of HCR ManorCare. They are the third largest hospice provider in the nation. Heartland Hospice is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care and followed their additional requirements to become a facility with the highest standards of community-based care.
They don’t require that patients have a DNR order on file and they are willing to continue treatments that provide patients with comfort and relief during hospice care. The staff encourages patients to start hospice early and they respond to the needs of families at whatever stage they are in.
Families who are looking for quality hospice care might find a candidate with Synergy Home Care, which was voted by consumers as the 2016 Best of Senior Living facility for in-home care.The award was given by SeniorAdvisor.com. The facility operates its services based on the word “synergy” which means “the sum of the parts is greater than the whole.” Synergy home care offers virtually every service that seniors need including help with personal care, transportation, help with planning meals and feeding, housekeeping and light gardening. Most importantly they offer valued support and companionship for patients and their families who are facing end of life decisions. SeniorAdvisor.com reviewers gave Synergy Home Care an excellent rating. Consumers noted that Synergy made things better than they expected.
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