Hospice palm springs
Hospice palm springs

When you are out of options it is time to consider choosing palliative treatment vs. continuing a don't effective curative treatment plan, which might in fact compromise quality of life and time spent with family. The focus can then transition to making the patient feel as comfortable as you possibly can. This is when hospice services offer patients, families and caregivers choices for symptom management. Patients and families are now able to establish a new goal which would be to achieve the best possible quality of life. Hospice provides care within the patient's own home, a nursing home, assisted living and Alzheimer's facilities.

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Before, hospices were associated with only providing look after cancer patients. This is no longer the case and hospice care also serves patients in the final stages of lung, heart or liver disease, dementia, Lou Gehrig's disease, ms, Parkinson's disease, stroke, and AIDS. The services are available to anyone with a life-limiting illness.

A Hospice care program accepts Medicare and Medicaid as 100% coverage for its care. There are no out-of-pocket expenses to the patient or the patients family. Most other insurance providers also pay for hospice services. If a person does not have insurance, they are still in a position to receive hospice care in most cases.

There are four levels of care hospice offers, depending on the patient's current needs. Routine (in your own home) care; continuous care for acute symptom management (in order to avoid patient from unnecessary hospitalization); respite care (to offer family/caregivers relief) and in-patient care (in designated hospice unit) for uncontrolled symptom management that cannot be provided at home. All levels of care are covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

Hospice care is a family-centered approach that includes a team of professionals: the patient's physician, hospice medical director, RNs, social workers, chaplains, a dietitian, counselors, therapists, home health aides and hospice-trained volunteers. Should you be interested in becoming a hospice volunteer, complete training programs are available to help fulfill your calling to this particular rewarding mission. The team works together by focusing on the patient's as well as their family's needs, including physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects, as well as providing needed medications, medical equipment and supplies.

There is yet another year of continued support intended for the family following the patient's death. Grief counselors measure the family's coping skills to determine which level of bereavement support is needed in this first year after their loss.


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