Home Hospice & Palliative Care
What is Hospice Care
Hospice describes a philosophy of care designed to optimize the quality of life for individuals with a life-limiting illness. Hospice specializes in family-centered health care and is uniquely equipped to treat and manage the special needs and circumstances of an individual with a life-limiting illness.
While the hope of remission and cure is never abandoned, the focus of hospice care is on creating an environment where pain and symptoms are expertly treated so that life can be lived to its fullest. Hospice care is provided in the comfort of the individual’s home or residence, including a nursing home, assisted living facility, or residential care setting.
Hospice care is provided by an interdisciplinary team (medical director, registered nurses, home health aides, social workers, spiritual counselors, bereavement counselors, and trained volunteers). Our services include:
This is what our volunteers do to help our hospice patients:
How To Qualify
For a patient to be eligible for hospice care, the following criteria must be met:
Our Promise To You
Once receiving the initial referral and physician order, the patient and family meet with members from the hospice team to complete paperwork and discuss the plan of care. Most often, admissions can occur within 24 hours from the time the referral is received, or at patient/family discretion.
No patient will be denied hospice care because of race, color, creed, age, national origin, gender, handicap, religion, genetic makeup, marital status, diagnosis, sexual preference, or an inability to pay for Hospice services. If the patient chooses hospice care for a life-limiting illness but later changes his or her mind, that patient can cancel or revoke hospice services at any time and immediately resume traditional medical care.
To volunteer contact Charlene Wilson at 520-901-5219.
How is Hospice Paid For?
Medicare, Medicaid, and most private health insurance, including most HMOs, provide a hospice benefit. The hospice benefit covres all of the services of the hospice team, plus the cost of medication, medical equipment, ancillary therapies, and supplies related to the symptom management of the terminal illness. Click below for additional information.