The typical meaning of Hospice care means end-of-life care. Making sure the person has less suffering and pain, where care focuses on the quality of life rather than its length. It provides humane and compassionate care for people in the last phases of incurable disease so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible.
Delta Hospice is a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, hospice aides, RN Case Managers, Chaplains, bereavement counselors and volunteers work together to address the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of each patient and family. The hospice team provides care to patients in their own home or a home-like setting regardless of patient’s age or ability to pay. There are many things to consider when making a decision about hospice. Delta Hospice provides specialized care services (patient care including symptom management, emotional support, spiritual support and psychosocial intervention), addressing issues most important to the patient’s needs and wants at the end of their life focusing on improving the individual’s quality of life.
All hospices must provide certain services, but they tend to have different approaches to service, staffing patterns, and types of support services offered.
The goal of pain and symptom control is to help you be comfortable while allowing you to stay in control of and enjoy your life. This means that discomfort, pain, nausea, and other side effects are managed to make sure that you feel as good as possible, yet are alert enough to enjoy the people around you and make important decisions.
There are instances where the pain and symptoms can’t be managed at home. In that case we provide inpatient care to manage pain and complex acute symptoms. This care can be provided at hospitals, nursing facilities that can provide hospice care 24 hours a day. This inpatient level of care helps them transition from hospitalized curative care to home hospice. This type of care is short-term, more like 3-5 days and after the symptoms are under control the patient can go back home to familiar surroundings and familiar faces where they want to be most of the time.
Family meetings are conducted and run to decide, discuss and plan end-of-life issues to schedule events. The facilitation of these meetings is the responsibility of the clinicians. These meetings are necessary to agree on a plan of care that provides medically beneficial and appropriate treatments, if possible, but which is ultimately consistent with the goals and values of the patient or in the patient’s best interest. Meetings are usually 30-60 mins long and will include family members and legal guardian with the veto power over important decisions made.
For patients being cared for at home, some hospice services offer respite care to allow friends and family some time away from caregiving. Respite care can be given in up to 5-day periods of time, during which the person with cancer is cared for either in the hospice facility or in beds that are set aside in nursing homes or hospitals. Families can plan a mini-vacation, go to special events, or simply get much-needed rest at home while you’re cared for in an inpatient setting.
Hospice care may be right for your loved one when living with an end-stage illness, which has a six-month life expectancy, should the disease run its normal course. There are no limits on the amount of time you can receive hospice, but your physician must order the service once every six months to determine if our care is still appropriate. We will be glad to complete an assessment to help determine if hospice is a treatment option for your loved one.
The benefits of hospice care are proven by research to support improved pain and symptom management. In fact, many families say they wish they had received hospice care sooner.
The benefit of hospice care is greatest when services are provided early enough within your loved one’s eligibility to: