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Understanding Hospice Care Living Options
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The Serenity Oaks Hospice Care Difference
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What is the difference between "curative" and "palliative" measures?
At its simplest, curative care is care aimed at extending the length of life (curing illness or disease) while palliative care includes treatments that improve the quality of life. Some treatments would qualify as both types of care as it may, for instance, reduce pain and aim to treat an injury too. Contact us to learn more.
What are the requirements to receive hospice care?
The decision to move is a big one. Some of the requirements include: patient having a probable life expectancy of six months or less, the patient’s medical team agreeing that hospice is the best option, and the family understanding that the goal of hospice is to provide comfort or palliative care, not curative measures.
Does life expectancy have to be less than six months?
The requirements are an expected or probable life expectancy of six months or less. However, patients do exceed these expectations and will continue to receive the same excellent care as needed.
When should a decision about entering a hospice program be made and who should make it?
Deciding to enter hospice is something that is made between the patient, his or her family or legal caregivers, and the patient’s doctors. The choice is usually made when a patient is considered to be “terminal” and would benefit more from comfort care than undergoing curative measures.
Can a hospice patient who shows signs of recovery be returned to regular medical treatment?
Yes, when a patient’s condition improves or at times when it plateaus, the patient may be returned to regular (curative) care. If the need arises for hospice in the future, it can be resumed.
When is the best time to start hospice care?
If the patient has a life expectancy of fewer than six months and the family needs or wants additional support, or if the individual does not have outside caregivers to support them during this transition, hospice is a good choice.
Will someone be with the patient at all times?
With hospice care at Serenity Oaks, medical care and personal support are available for the patient 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You will never worry that your loved one is not getting the level of care he or she needs.
How is hospice care provided in the home?
Hospice is available at Serenity Oaks, which for many families, is a more comfortable option. However, there are hospice services in the home in which hospice nurses, doctors, and other support staff will come to the house to offer the same type of palliative care.
What is the difference between regular medicare and medicare hospice benefit?
Regular Medicare covers normal medical conditions on an ongoing basis. Medicare hospice benefit is only available to patients whose doctors state they have a life expectancy of six months or less. This benefit covers all services and care related to this condition. Other care not associated with the terminal illness would be covered under the regular Medicare plan.
What does the hospice admission process involve?
The patient and family, if applicable, will meet with both the patient’s regular doctor and a hospice doctor or hospice coordinator. Together the doctors work to determine if the patient qualifies for hospice service and how it will be covered. The goal is to make sure the patient will benefit most from this level of service as compared to general care and curative treatments.
Is a living will or do not resuscitate the order needed to be admitted to hospice?
No, these are not required for admission to hospice. However, patients and family members should understand that the care provided is not curative but instead designed to make the patient more comfortable in the time they have left.
What is bereavement support?
Bereavement support is offered to family members of patients in hospice. These services can help families come to terms with what is happening and to help them through the process. Also, grief support is offered when a patient passes.