Hospice can begin when you need us and where you need us. We work in tandem with the local senior living communities. We have an admissions nurse that can visit you and your loved one as soon as you need us — most often within 24 hours, but sooner if needed. We will answer all your questions, explain hospice and talk to you about what to expect. We also coordinate our hospice services with your senior living community. Hospice care is additional support to the care the community you live in may be providing. Hospice is covered by insurance, there is usually no additional cost for hospice care.
Our hospice team is made up of specialists who come to you wherever you are as experts in pain management and symptom control at the end of life. Staff visits are intermittently done throughout the course of the week and our on-call nurse is always available. You may see one or more of the following throughout the week. Please know that you have a choice with who visits. The only required visit is from your hospice nurse.
Studies show people can live an average of 29 days longer on hospice when care begins earlier versus seeking treatment that is not working, making multiple hospital visits or not having enough support at home. The comfort, dignity and peace of mind hospice can provide is usually overlooked because the fear that a loved one “may die right away if put on hospice” is so strong.
Hospice is available when your primary physician, specialist, hospital physician or a hospice physician certifies that a person has a life-limiting illness. If you choose to stop curative treatment, you are most likely able to begin hospice at that time.
Our team of physicians, nurses, hospice aides, social work, chaplain, supportive therapies and volunteers are all available to guide and support not only those in our service, but their loved ones too. Sometimes a person’s journey in hospice is shorter than others. That is why quality of life versus quantity is our focus.