Hospice is a concept of care designed to provide comfort and support compassionately to patients and their families when a life limiting illness no longer responds to cure oriented treatments.
Hospice care is provided by a multi-discipline team such as physicians, nurses, social worker, spiritual counselors and volunteers. Hospice care is available 24/7 and goes wherever your loved one resides: in the home, assisted living facility or skilled nursing facility.
Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death, but focuses rather on the quality of life. The goal is to improve the quality of a patient’s remaining days by delivering exceptional care with an emphasis on comfort, dignity, and compassion. With an emphasis on quality of life rather than quantity, we maintain the core belief that our patients should be allowed to complete their days in peace, without pain, and in the company of their loved ones with their comfort and dignity preserved.
Who decides when hospice is appropriate?
The patient decides with the input of a physician or loved ones. The patient may later decide to discontinue hospice to seek curative therapies.
Who pays for hospice?
Mission Health will bill Medicare, Medicaid and/or private insurers for the cost of hospice. Medicare and Medicaid typically provide full coverage of hospice care. while private insurers generally offer a cost-share or co-pay scenario. We are happy to review and determine what benefits are available.
- Post-surgery care
- Knee and hip rehabilitation
- Back and neck pain
- Repetitive use injuries
- Joint and muscular sprains
- Balance problems
- Posture problems
- Fall risk prevention
- Home safety evaluation
- Training on activities of daily living
- Energy conservation techniques and training
- Assessment and plan for home modification and equipment needs
Speech Pathologists are responsible for the assessment and treatment of speech, language, and swallowing, cognitive and voice disorders. Through the use of multiple therapy techniques, therapists provide a well-rounded program of care to help remedy a speech or swallowing problem.
The palliative care physician works with the patient’s primary doctor. The palliative care physician closely monitors the progression of illness and prescribes medications and healthcare directions to other members of the team.
- Medication management
- Chronic illness management
- Infusion therapy and IV antibiotics
- Colostomy care
- Diabetes education and management
- Alzheimers and dementia care
- Wound care
- G-tube care
- Trach care
The interdisciplinary team coordinates and supervises all care 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. This team is responsible for making sure that all involved disciplines share information. This is achieved through care staff meetings and family care conferences.
Provides assessments and assistance in obtaining services and support.
Regardless of a religion, creed or culture, chaplains are available to provide compassionate counsel and support.