Hospice may seem complicated and scary. Let us help make it simple with some frequently asked questions about Hospice.
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Hospice care is specialized treatment that prioritizes physical, psychosocial and emotional comfort for individuals and their loved ones when curative therapies are no longer effective or wanted. Hospice is considered the model for quality care for people facing a life‐limiting illness. Holistic Care Hospice provides expert medical care, pain management, personal care, and emotional and spiritual support individually tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. We focus on quality of life by keeping a person comfortable in their home environment, promoting dignity and independence and providing support to both the person needing care and their loved ones.
You can rely on Holistic Care Hospice and Palliative Care to be experts at symptom management, patient-family communication, medical crisis prevention, urgent response and genuine coordination of care across medical settings to ensure continuous communication between providers during times of transition or changing needs.
It can be difficult to identify when is the time to begin Hospice Care. There are many signs and symptoms that an individual could benefit from all the extra care hospice provides. These symptoms alone may not qualify a person for hospice, but could indicate that there is an underlying illness that should be considered:
*Each person’s needs are assessed initially and ongoing. Covered Medications, Equipment and Supplies may vary to meet the unique needs of each of our patient’s.
The healthcare professionals of the Holistic Care Hospice Care Team work together to ensure that each person’s unique needs are met. The responsibilities of each member of the team, also called an Interdisciplinary Team are:
The patient’s primary care physician may be responsible for identifying when they may
benefit from hospice care. Holistic Care Hospice encourages physicians to remain involved as a member of the patient care team. Each physician prefers a different level of involvement.
The Holistic Care Hospice Medical Director provides oversight of patient care and support to the
hospice care team. The hospice medical director attends a weekly team conference to discuss the plan of care of each patient, establishes goal sand participates in all medical decisions.
The RN coordinates the plan of care with the Hospice Medical Director through initial and ongoing nursing assessments. The RN supervises all care provided by the licensed practical
nurse (LVN) and home health aide (CHHA), and coordinates care with the other members of the
hospice care team to ensure patient and family spiritual and psychosocial needs are met.
The LVN makes regularly scheduled and emergent visits to patients
under the supervision of the RN and the Hospice Medical Director.
Holistic Care Hospice added this role to enhance the experience of our patients and families.
The Nurse Care Coordinator is a Nurse that works in our office and is assigned to each patient.
The role of this Nurse is to be an extra layer of support and an added resource when patients or
families call our office and to assist the care of our field nurses.
The Medical Social Worker provides initial and ongoing psychosocialassessments (mental,
emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions of the patient) and establishes a psychosocial plan of
care. The Medical Social Worker typically sees each patient once or twice a month to provide
emotional support and ensure patient and family psychosocial needs are being met. The
patient/family or any member of the hospice care team can request additional psychosocial visitsas needed. The social worker can provide assistance with finding community resources, help
with Advance Care Planning, assist with placement and much more. The hospice social worker
can also provide counseling to the patient or family, if needed.
The Hospice Chaplain, also sometimes referred to as a Spiritual Care Counselor, provides
nondenominational spiritual support to the patient and family as needed. The Chaplain visits
once or twice per month or more often, if requested. The care provided by the Hospice Chaplain
can address religious issues, however the focus of care is more spiritual, in nature, than religious.
The CHHA assists the patient and family with personal care needs such as bathing and
grooming. The CHHA can assist with light housekeeping such as changing bed sheets, but the
care is not for other housekeeping or meal prep.
The Hospice Volunteer can provide companionship and social support to a patient. All Hospice
Volunteers are required to attend training prior to being assigned to patients. Hospice Volunteers do not provide any hands-on care and may be available for a few hours per month.
The Bereavement Counselor can help a patient deal with the grief associated with declining
health and guide the family through bereavement before and after the loss of a loved one.
The Bereavement Counselor can provide bereavement services to the family up to a year, or
longer, after a loved one passes.
Hospice patients may require differing intensities of care during the course of their disease. The Medicare Hospice Beneﬁt affords patients four levels of care to meet their clinical needs: Routine Home Care, General Inpatient Care, Continuous Home Care, Inpatient Respite Care. The insurance benefit for hospice typically covers all aspects of the patient’s care related to the terminal illness, including all services delivered by the Interdisciplinary team, medication, medical equipment and supplies.
Holistic Care Hospice is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) and is Medi-care and Medi-Cal certified.
Our Hospice Care is 100% covered by Medicare, MediCal and many private insurance plans.
Electing Hospice Care can help alleviate the heavy financial burden that the cost healthcare can have on patients and families. While under the care of Holistic Care Hospice, a patient retains full coverage for healthcare not related to their hospice diagnosis. An individual should continue to pay applicable deductible and coinsurance amount for those unrelated services. Additionally, a person’s social security benefits are not
affected when receiving Hospice Care.
There is no limit to how long a person can receive hospice care, as long as they continue to meet eligibility criteria required by their insurance. At times, a terminally ill person’s health may improve,stabilize, or their illness goes into remission. If the Hospice Medical Director and Hospice Care Team no longer believe a person can be certified as terminally ill, that person would no longer be eligible for the Hospice Benefit. A person can return to Hospice Care when there is a time that their condition worsens, and they again meet eligibility criteria. A person receiving Hospice Care also has the right to choose to stop services at any time, for any reason.