When Should Hospice Be Called?
We know you have questions. We are here to help you understand what Hospice Care is about.
If you would like more information about the care provided through Hospice Services of Lake County
Please call 707-263-6222.
The Sooner you have the information – The Sooner You Will Have Peace of Mind.
When Should Hospice Be Called?
An individual does not need to be bedridden or in a hospital to benefit from Hospice Care. No matter what the person’s physical condition, Hospice Care focuses on keeping each patient as comfortable, functional, and alert as possible. If needed, Hospice Care may include help with bathing, dressing, and eating, as well as medicine and treatment for all symptoms including pain and anxiety.
Who Needs Hospice Care?
Hospice Comfort Care is for individuals with life-limiting illnesses and their loved ones. Individuals get the most benefit from Comfort Care when hospice is called early.
Typically, Hospice Care begins in the last six months of life. Hospice Care provides comfort, pain management, and symptom control. Hospice Care allows patients to die at home, in a familiar environment, surrounded by their loved ones. Hospice Care also supports caregivers with challenges of caring for a dying loved one. When a cure is no longer possible, the emphasis of care changes from hope for a cure, to hope for quality of life, dignity and purpose in the time remaining, and a peaceful, comfortable death at the end.
Why Choose Hospice Care?
When patients decide to be cared for by a hospice program, they acknowledge that treatment goals will shift from doing everything possible to cure their condition to helping make the rest of their life as comfortable and high-quality as possible.
What Are The Benefits of Hospice?
- Hospice Care allows the patient to receive end-of-life care in his or her own home or in a familiar environment that is called home.
- Hospice Care surrounds the patient, caregivers and loved ones with a team of professionals offering physical, emotional and spiritual support.
- Hospice Care includes pain control; keeping the patient comfortable and improving the patient’s quality of life for whatever time he or she has left.
- Hospice Care is a Medicare Benefit that includes medications, medical supplies and medical equipment that is at minimum or no cost to the patient and his or her loved ones.
- Hospice Care can be provided at a nursing home, a residential facility or an assisted living center.
- Hospice provides access to a member of the hospice team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Hospice Care may include volunteer support to provide meal preparation, running errands, patient support and caregiver support.
- Hospice Care provides grief support prior to and after death.
Who Pays For Hospice Care?
Understanding Your Medicare Hospice Benefit
The federal Medicare Hospice Benefit is covered under Medicare Part A. The Benefit covers virtually all aspects of Hospice Care with very little, if any, out-of-pocket expenses to the patient or family. Hospice Services of Lake County is fully certified by Medicare.
Medicare, Medi-Cal and most private insurance plans cover the cost of hospice, including medications, medical supplies and equipment that is connected to the patient’s primary diagnosis. If a patient does not have any insurance coverage, Hospice Services of Lake County will work with the patient to provide Hospice Care.
Medicare covers these hospice services:
- Hospice physician services
- Nursing care
- Medical equipment (including hospital beds, wheelchairs and walkers)
- Medical supplies (including oxygen, bandages or catheters)
- Drugs for managing symptoms and controlling pain
- Home health aide services
- Social worker services
- Spiritual support and counselling
- Dietary counselling
- Grief support for patients and loved ones
A Grateful Daughter - Jody L.
While my father was on Hospice he was treated with great care and dignity throughout his stay. The nurses carefully monitored and treated him for pain. My Sister, Brother and I, along with our dad’s loving companion, were treated with the utmost compassion and respect as well. Knowing that my father was receiving the best care from exceptional nurses was a great consolation to all of us.