Hospice is about living. It is a special kind of care designed to provide sensitivity and support for people in the final phase of a terminal illness. Hospice care seeks to enable patients to carry on an alert, pain-free life and to manage other symptoms so that their last months may be spent with dignity and quality at home or in a home-like setting with family and friends.
- Provides medically managed pain and symptom control in the patient’s home or nursing home.
- Offers support for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family.
- Relieves anxiety by providing information to the patient and family about what to expect as the illness progresses.
- Provides 24 hour a day on-call support from hospice physicians, nurses, social workers, pastor, volunteers and dietitians.
- Includes back-up inpatient hospitalization at contracting hospitals or skilled nursing facilities.
- Reduces financial stress on family by paying for medications, equipment and supplies.
- Provides special bereavement care to family and loves ones for up to 13 months after the death.
- Is completely free to all patients and families. Hospice services are paid for by Medicare, Medicaid and Private Insurances. Additional support comes from public and private donations as well as memorials.