Fact: Hospice is not a place; it is a philosophy of care for people who are living with an advanced or live- limiting illness. The Hospice Care Team staff cares for patients in their home environment, such as ; private residence, independent living facility, residential care communities, assisted living facility, board and care homes, skilled nursing facilities and in certain circumstances hospitals.
Fact: Hospice does not mean "giving up hope". Hospice focuses on quality-of-life based on an individual's choice so that the person may live life as fully as possible. The goals for hospice are to relieve suffering, promote dignity and independence as well as to provide support for patients and their loved ones.
Fact: Medicare does not limit the hospice benefit to six months. Patients have access to the hospice benefit for as long as the primary and/or the hospice medical director certify that there continues to be a clinical need and the illness continues to be considered "terminal". A person's health condition may stabilize or improve and of that occurs, a person may discharge from hospice until their condition again worsens.
Fact: Patients can keep their primary care physician while receiving hospice care if the choose and if the physician agrees. Holistic Care Hospice maintains working relationships with a wide base of referring physicians in our community so our patients can continue to maintain that continuity of care form their own provider.
Fact: Holistic Care Hospice believes that our patients deserve state-of-the-art medical care delivered with thoughtful consideration of their individual personal beliefs and values. Hospice is designed to provide medical, social, psychological and spiritual support and focus on the quality of life our patient and family. Often the most common feedback from patients and families is that they wish they had enrolled with Holistic Care Hospice earlier.
Facts: Patients may request to disenroll or to be discharged from hospice at any time. Occasionally, a patient may decide to seek aggressive treatment for their disease or illness, or the condition of some patients will stabilize or improve and they may no longer need the support of hospice. If a patient does disenroll from hospice, they may again choose hospice at any time that their health condition meets the required criteria.
Facts: Hospice care is a cost effective and valuable healthcare resource that is covered 100% by most insurance providers, including Medicare and Medi-Cal. Hospice care may actually be a cost savings to patients and families because of all the care, medications, medical equipment and medical supplies that are included.