WHAT IS HOSPICE CARE?
Hospice is a special type of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments.
Hospice staff provide specialized understanding and expertise of hospice related conditions, including treatment designed to eliminate pain. The goal of hospice care is to improve the quality of a patient’s life by offering comfort, peace, and support.
Hospice care allows for the natural progression of the disease process and neither prolongs life nor hastens death.
Hospice services are provided in your home or other setting. Costs for hospice care is 100% covered under your Medicare benefit.
YOUR HOSPICE TEAM!
Elevation Hospice can provide a combination of services in your home under the direction of a physician. Services will be provided by certified professionals experience in palliative care. Team members may include the following as determined by you, your physician, and the nurse case manager.
- Hospice Physician
- Registered Nurses
- Certified Nursing Assistants
- Medical Social Worker
- Spiritual Counselor
- Therapists (PT, OT, ST, LMT)
Hospice is designed to provide the best possible quality of life for those with a life limiting illness. An evaluation by an Elevation Hospice nurse, in consultation with your doctor, can be done free of charge to determine if you or a loved one are eligible for hospice services. In addition to specific terminal diagnoses, some general indicators of health decline may also demonstrate a need for a hospice evaluation.
WHEN SHOULD I CONSIDER HOSPICE?
- Increased visits to the hospital, emergency room, or your personal physician
- Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss
- Health changes, including incontinence
- requiring more assistance in activities of daily living
- An increased need for medication to control pain and discomfort
- Increasing frequency and severity of falls
- Sleeping more than 12 hours a day.
- A diagnosis of a terminal condition (e.g., CHF, Cancer, Alzheimer’s, etc.)
WHAT CAN HOSPICE CARE PROVIDE?
- An on-call nurse available 24 hours a day
- Management of pain and other symptoms
- Personal care and homemaker services
- Spiritual and emotional support
- Durable Medical equipment (wheelchair, etc.)
- Companion care
- Incontinence and catheter care
- Medical Supplies (briefs, wipes, etc.)
- Medications for pain and discomfort
- Dietary Counseling
- Respite Care
- Wound care
- Bereavement support
- Short-term Therapy services
- and more…