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What is Hospice | Who is eligible | Where is Hospice provided | What are the benefits | Who pays | Palliative Care

Loving Care Hospice

What is Hospice?
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Palliative Care
Loving Care assembles a team of physicians, nurses, aides, social workers, clergy and volunteers to address palliative care needs. The team supports patients in treatment with symptoms from life-threatening illnesses and who need help managing pain or life-altering symptoms. Their condition does not put these patients into hospice care eligibility. Palliative care patients can get help from a nurse checking in periodically in place of going to a doctor’s office for routine follow up. And Loving Care aide services helps patients remain in their home longer by providing assistance with daily tasks.

Palliative care is closely-integrated with Loving Care’s hospice and Home Health service teams. Nurses from both teams evaluate referrals and consult with medical directors to ensure patients are appropriate for the palliative care program. The team follows up regularly with patients and family members to monitor everyday needs and spiritual concerns.

Private donations from the community and United Way funds allow Loving Care to provide palliative care services. The level and scope of this significant service is based largely on the availability of donated funds.

Click here to download the Palliative Care Fact Sheet.

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