What is Hospice?
Hospice is a compassionate, patient-centered approach to medical care and support for people at the end of life and their families. It's care focused on maintaining dignity, increasing quality of life, and providing comfort, including pain and symptom control. Hospice recognizes that every person's experience will be different and the hospice team creates a plan of care according to the individual needs and wishes of each patient. Hospice staff members are available at all times, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is the mission of hospice staff to walk side-by-side with patients and offer support, not only for any physical symptoms, but for emotional and spiritual needs, as well. This support extends to family members, and hospice helps them cope with their own unique emotional and spiritual concerns.
What Makes Hospice Different?
Hospice offers palliative care rather than curative treatment.
Hospice focuses on pain and symptom control that enable the patient to live as fully and comfortably as possible.
Hospice treats the person, not the disease.
The hospice interdisciplinary team cares for the medical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of the patient and family.
Hospices emphasizes quality, rather than length of life.
Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death: it affirms life and understands that dying is a natural part of the cycle of life.
Hospice comes to you.
Hospice care is provided at home, including nursing homes and assisted living residences - wherever home is.
Hospice is always on call.
For hospice patients and their families, help is just a phone call away, 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.
Hospice continues to care for the family.
Even after the death of the patient, hospice continues to care for the family by providing grief counseling.
Who Pays for Hospice Care?
Hospice care is covered under Medicare, most private insurance plans, HMOs and managed cared organizations. Hospice is also available under Medicaid in most states. While each hospice has its own policies concerning payment for care, it is a founding principle of hospice to offer services based upon need, rather than the ability to pay.
For more information and to learn whether hospice might be the right answer for you or a loved one, call River City Hospice at 1-866-907-4837 for Northern Idaho or 1-877-537-4837 for Texas.