Hospice care is a type of care that focuses on the chronically ill or terminally ill patient and helping them manage their pain and symptoms. Hospice care can also take on a supportive role of attending to their patient’s emotional and spiritual needs. Typically, hospice care is a concept used to care for the incurable and is usually performed in nursing homes or at the patient’s home. Hospice onset is usually designated by most insurance providers for the terminally ill who have been given less than six months to live.
What to Expect?
Hospice care is different from palliative care because it usually indicates the end of life. Palliative care is considered care for the chronically ill who have a longer life expectancy. Their illness is more life limiting, rather than life threatening. Hospice care involves assistance and end-of-life care to patients, but also assistance to their families as they come to terms with what is happening.
All too often, I hear families say they wished they had hospice care sooner. For someone diagnosed with a terminal illness or the relatives and caregivers of that patient, finding the right hospice program is something that can make those final... Continue Reading
Agape Hospice and its sister company, LTC Health Solutions, provide comprehensive end of life care to individuals and their families in a compassionate, faith-based and dignified environment. Agape’s program not only gives patients with serious... Continue Reading
"There is a misconception out there that when hospice is called, all hope is lost," said Katherine DuPre, a social worker at PruittHealth Hospice. "That is simply not true. It’s just that hope has to be redefined."DuPre recalled a memorable patient... Continue Reading
Sheri Stewart, the director for Hands of Hope Pediatric Comfort and Palliative Care, headquartered in Spartanburg, said that many people question her when she tells them what she does for a living. "People tell me all the time that I must be very strong..." Continue Reading
Hospice focuses on improving the quality of life, providing comfort care and allowing the patient time to be with family members while being cared for in a respectful and dignified manner. Approximately two thirds of patients who could benefit from hospice... Continue Reading