As Jacob, grandson of Abraham, lay dying, he called his sons together to give them his blessing, drew his feet onto the bed, expired and “was gathered to his people.” (Genesis 49:33) Jacob died as most people wish to die: in his own bed, fully prepared, with final words for the loved ones at his bedside.
The goal of hospice is to help everyone who wishes to have that experience at the end of their days.
Hospice is a special healthcare option for patients and families who are faced with a terminal illness. A multi-disciplinary team of physician, nurses, social workers, bereavement counselors and volunteers works together to address the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of each patient and family. The hospice team provides care to patients in their own home or a home-like setting regardless of the patient’s age. There are many things to consider when making a decision about hospice. While, we understand that everyone’s situation is unique, these three questions are commonly asked:
Patients are eligible for hospice care when they have been diagnosed with a terminal illness with a prognosis of 6 months or less. At that time comfort care and symptom management become the primary focus, and curative treatment is no longer the patient’s choice or option.
Hospice should be called at any time the patient has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. It is appropriate to discuss all of the patient’s care options, including hospice.
No. “Hospice” is a medical specialty like pediatrics, geriatrics, oncology, etc. Each hospice is a different company. All hospices have the same general philosophy but their services may differ. Some hospices are for-profit corporations, while others are not-for-profit organizations. It is your right to request the hospice of your choice if more than one hospice serves your area.
Most hospice patients over 65 qualify for Medicare, which covers one hundred percent of the cost of hospice care. Medicaid and most private insurance plans also cover hospice care.
Please call and we can help you identify a hospice provider in your area of Florida.
Some questions to consider for selecting a hospice include:
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