What to Expect From Hospice Care
HealthNow Hospice care, commonly known as end-of-life care are options provided by doctors to patients that are terminally ill or who are at their end of life naturally. Usually, patients who qualify for this program are those who only have six months or less to live. In most cases, patients and families choose hospice care understand that persin in hospice is no longer responding to treatments. Their goal is no longer to cure their illness but either to slow it down or to just stop.
Hospice care acknowledges that when a person is terminal and in their final stages of life. Other than focusing on getting cured, hospice care focuses on the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions of distress that the patient is going through. HealthNow Hospice Staff aims in alleviating the suffering and discomfort that the patient is experiencing as well as comfort the family through each stage of the patients transition.
One of the key features of HealthNow Hospice Care is the involvement of the family. HealthNow Hospice care brings a team of professionals who will directly work with the members of the family. Our team of professionals may include a doctor, nurse, social worker, counselor, chaplain (if you’re religious), home health aide, and trained volunteers. HealthNow has a compassionate team that work together to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient. HealthNow Hospice services provided simply focus on the quality of your life instead of trying to cure a disease.
HealthNow Hospice strives to provide the most compassionate service possibly to the patient and the family during this transitional period. Some examples of the services offered (but are not limited to) are palliative care and symptom control, home care and inpatient hospice care, spiritual care, family meetings, coordination of care, respite care and bereavement care. These may include around-the-clock nursing care, training family members in patient care, if needed and offering spiritual and emotional support for the patient and family. It may also include helping with practical matters related to terminal illness, such as wills, finances, and end-of-life directives. Some even coordinate care with the patient’s family doctor. HealthNow provides help in managing the pain and other symptoms. HealthNow even offers grief and support groups for families left behind once the patient passed away. A member of the hospice team visits regularly, and someone is always available by phone—24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In most cases, Hospice is covered by Medicare and other insurance companies 100%. This means that the family can be assured that they are supported all throughout the process. So, with the type of services that come with hospice care programs, the patient and their family can rest easy as they know that they are well taken care of.
Enrolling in a hospice care program gives the patient and family members more time to spend together without stress. This also allows them to accept the passing of the patient more easily and reminisce on the great times the family shared. HealthNow knows that both the patient and the family member’s feelings are considered in the process. The counselling sessions allow each of them to process their emotions and prepare them for what’s coming. The bereavement, grief and support groups is a great way to provide support for the family.
If you are interested in learning more, please call HealthNow Hospice anytime at 888-808-5226
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