Frequently Asked Questions about Hospice:
WHAT IS HOSPICE?
It is a special kind of care that solely focuses on quality end of life services and grief support to patients & families. Hospice Care comes into play when a disease such as advanced cancer, reaches a point when treatment can no longer cure or control it. It provides soft-hearted care for individuals in the last stage of incurable disease so that they may live a comfortable life. In Hospice care, a team of highly qualified and experienced doctors and nurses work together to treat the person and symptoms of the disease rather than treating the disease itself. Care Must provide the Best Hospice Services in the USA to provide quality end-of-life and grief support to patients & families.
WHO WILL PAY FOR MY HOSPICE SERVICES?
Medicare or Medi-Cal pay for the care of the hospital. There are no out-of-pocket charges.Patient/family under the benefit of Medicare/Medi-Cal Hospice. Many of the surgical equipment Insurance and health care providers provide hospice care as a service.
WHO WILL BE INVOLVED IN PROVIDING HOSPICE SERVICES?
Hospice programmes are organised and provided by a network of health practitioners from a range of backgrounds, including doctors, licenced nurses, social workers, home health assistants, pastoral counsellors, caring nurses, home nurse, therapists, dietitians and volunteers. The unit is known as the “Interdisciplinary Team.” The interdisciplinary team customises a treatment strategy aimed at minimising the discomfort of the patient and addressing the needs of the patient and the family.
CAN MY FAMILY BE INVOLVED IN MY CARE?
Family members are expected to assist as much as possible in the care of the patient. Hospice sees the patient and the family as a support team. If the patient has no family relatives to help with delivering treatment, the hospital will collaborate with the caregiver or willing friends or neighbors of the patient.
CAN MY PRIMARY PHYSICIAN WORK WITH THE HOSPICE TEAM?
WILL HOSPICE PROVIDE MEDICINES FOR MY TERMINAL ILLNESS?
WILL HOSPICE PROVIDE MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT?
Medical supplies( e.g. diapers, chux, gloves), and medical equipment (e.g. hospital bed, wheelchair, oxygen) necessary for pain relief and symptom management related to the terminal illness are provided by hospice.
IS HOSPICE AVAILABLE AT NIGHT OR ON THE WEEKENDS?
WHAT ARE BEREAVEMENT SERVICES?
Bereavement treatment is a central feature of hospice care, which involves predicting grievance responses and ensuring continuing assistance for people who have been injured for a span of 13 months. Though the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, bereavement refers to the state of mourning, and sorrow is a reaction to a death.
CAN I DISCONTINUE HOSPICE CARE?
A patient can discontinue hospice services at any time.
AM I ELIGIBLE FOR HOSPICE SERVICES?
Hospice care is given to terminally ill patients who have reduced life expectancy and who prefer to receive comfort medication rather than curative treatment for their condition.