Each year, the second Saturday of October marks World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. When faced with a life-limiting illness and hearing, “Nothing can be done,” hospice can help.
The thought of arranging hospice care for family members can be emotionally overwhelming. Making tough decisions about providing the best end-of-life experience for someone close to you is challenging. As you move forward in the process, it’s essential to understand what hospice is and what services it can provide.
What is Hospice?
Hospice involves providing assisted care to terminally ill individuals who have a physician’s prognosis of six months or less to live. While treating the whole person, hospice provides compassionate, comfort-focused care. It meets the unique needs of each person and celebrates life. Hospice helps clients and their families make the most of each remaining day together.
The sooner a client’s referral to hospice, the sooner he or she will receive its benefits.
Hospice treatment involves a group of professionals, including physicians, nurses, social workers, state tested nursing assistants, home health aides, volunteers, and chaplains. At the core of this group are clients and their families—the most critical team members—as they are the ones who make care-plan and treatment decisions based on their wishes. More importantly, family members work side-by-side with the care-partner team and may serve as primary caregivers.
Other services and professionals can also be part of the hospice care team, including counselors and therapists. Services such as massage, pet, art, or music therapies are sometimes available as well.
As you can see, hospice is not merely turning over caregiving to someone else. It is a partnership with clients and their families to offer the best care possible.
Delivered Wherever You Call Home
A client can receive hospice care wherever he or she calls home. Hospice is not a place—it’s a benefit through Medicare or insurance companies. Approximately 56 percent of those who received hospice care in 2017, did so in their homes, remaining in their beloved residence among familiar surroundings. Forty-two percent received hospice care in a nursing facility where they reside. Those numbers indicate a significant trend away from receiving end-of-life care in a hospital or hospice in-patient facility.
Hospice can help clients complete their end-of-life journey with meaning and dignity.
At Sunset, we know choosing a hospice provider can be a difficult process. We encourage families to participate in an informational visit in order to be aware of the hospice benefits that are offered, before a crisis occurs.
Ashanti Hospice and Palliative Care works diligently to meet the needs and desires of our clients by uncovering their long-held hopes, wishes, and dreams and seeking ways to fulfill their end-of-life desires.