What is Palliative Care (Supportive Care)?
Loving Care assembles a team of physicians, nurses, aides, social workers, clergy and volunteers to address palliative care needs. The team supports patients who are suffering from a chronic illness that involves uncontrolled symptoms. Their condition may or may not be hospice appropriate, but this program allows the patient to seek aggressive and curative care. Palliative care patients are provided nursing visits. These visits typically range from weekly to every other week. Social worker visits are driven according to needs presented during care. The team works in coordination of care with the patients attending physician. During this time patients are encouraged to go to physician office appointments for routine follow up. Our mission is to set up goals for a better quality of life while the patient and family learn to cope with the illness(s). Loving Care aide services are available to those who qualify for this medical need.
Who pays for Palliative Care (Supportive Care)?
This program is funded by a United Way grant and various donations. We know this money
comes from hard working individuals and we are very good stewards of this money. One of our
goals at Loving Care is to never misuse this money so we can continue to provide great health care. This program is subject to limiting its benefits based on the funds available.
What is Hospice (Comfort Care)?
Hospice is care for patients and family to help bear the medical, social and spiritual concerns. A key difference from a hospital setting is that in a hospice situation, a medical team diagnoses patients’ symptoms, and administers treatment. Above all, hospice helps patients to live their remaining days with dignity comfort and control. The hospice team gives choices to patients and the team supports their choices.
Loving Care encourages family involvement in tandem with that of the patients. While decisions belong to the patient, staff members welcome questions and discussion with the family.
Who is eligible for Hospice?
Persons in the grasp of a life-limiting condition and with the authorization of their physician may be referred for hospice services. A physician must be willing to say that if the condition continues to progress death would be expected within six months. This outcome is difficult to predict and at times Loving Care’s hospice team discharges patients because their situation stabilizes.
Anyone can refer the patient for Hospice care evaluation; family member, partner, and if there is not family, a friend.
Where is Hospice Care Provided?
Loving Care believes hospice care should be provided in the home with familiar surroundings. Home is wherever the patient is living; a private residence, assisted living, or a nursing home. Professional staff honors the sanctuary and privacy patients feel in their homes and the importance this plays in patient care. Hospice staff involves patients and family in choices when conditions change. Staff arranges short-term hospitalization if this is necessary.
Benefits of Hospice
- Patients receive care at home from a hospice team, keeping hospital trips to a minimum.
- Patients and family members are part of the decision-making team in partnership with doctors and nurses.
- The hospice medical director is available to assist family physician to keep patients comfortable and manage symptoms.
- A nurse is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for assistance; for a home visit, information or advice.
- A support team including a social worker, aides, volunteers, chaplains, massage therapist, dietician, and nurses provides support for patients.
- Family members and friends have bereavement support for at least 13 months after the death of patients.
Who pays for Hospice?
Hospice care is paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance companies. Loving Care is a non-profit agency. Staff draws from funds to provide care as the need arises for those unable to pay or without insurance. Private donations of those supporting Loving Care, with United Way funds, plus agency fundraisers, and the generosity of local individuals, businesses and organizations combine to create a fund for non-reimbursed care.