Hospice Information

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Hospice

The following information is used with permission from: Hospice, 401 Bowling Ave, Suite 51, Nashville, TN 37205-5124

The Hospice website http://www.hospicenet.org/ provides all types of information about Hospice. The articles below are just two examples of information that is available on this website. You will also find answers to many frequently asked questions. This website can guide as you seek the best local Hospice program that meets your needs. It also has information on how to be a supportive caregiver as well as information on how to work through grief. If you are personally facing this difficult challenge, there is also helpful information that you will want to look at. We hope you find this a valuable resource.

The Hospice Concept

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http://www.hospicenet.org/html/concept.html
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Hospice is a concept of caring derived from medieval times, symbolizing a place where travelers, pilgrims and the sick, wounded or dying could find rest and comfort. The contemporary hospice offers a comprehensive program of care to patients and families facing a life-threatening illness. Hospice is primarily a concept of care, not a specific place of care.

 

Hospice emphasizes palliative rather than curative treatment; quality rather than quantity of life. The dying are comforted. Professional medical care is given, and sophisticated symptom relief provided. The patient and family are both included in the care plan and emotional, spiritual and practical support is given based on the patient’s wishes and family’s needs. Trained volunteers can offer respite care for family members as well as meaningful support to the patient.
 
Hospice affirms life and regards dying as a normal process. Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death. Hospice provides personalized services and a caring community so that patients and families can attain the necessary preparation for a death that is satisfactory to them.
 
Those involved in the process of dying have a variety of physical, spiritual, emotional and social needs. The nature of dying is so unique that the goal of the hospice team is to be sensitive and responsive to the special requirements of each individual and family.
 
Hospice care is provided to patients who have a limited life expectancy. Although most hospice patients are cancer patients, hospices accept anyone regardless of age or type of illness. These patients have also made a decision to spend their last months at home or in a home-like setting.

Finding A Local Hospice

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http://www.hospicenet.org/html/find.html
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Finding the hospice program that meets your needs may take some research, but it will be time well spent. Quality of care, availability of needed services, personnel training and expertise, and coverage provided by the payer all need to be considered. Fortunately, most communities have a variety of hospice providers tochoose from. Here are several ways to start your search.
 
Local resources: Your physician or hospital discharge planner can help you locate hospices in your area. Hospice care providers also are listed in the yellow pages of
the phone directory. Your community may have information and referral services available through your American Cancer Society, an Agency on Aging, United Way chapter, Visiting Nurse Association, or your place of worship.

State level: You may contact your state’s departments of health or social services to obtain a list of licensed agencies or contact the state hospice organization. The state health department oversees certification of hospice services. Certification makes them eligible for Medicare and, in some states, Medicaid payments. Check the blue pages of your phone book for phone numbers in your area.
 
You can find nearby hospices in the yellow pages or by going to Google Maps, http://maps.google.com and enter "'Your city' 'Your state' hospice" without the quotation marks in the upper left-hand corner of the page. Click on "Search Maps" and you will see the locations of community hospices. Some of the facilities listed may be home health care or other services but all of the area hospices will be somewhere in the list with contact numbers.