Hospice is a philosophy of care.
Hospice is a compassionate, patient-centered approach to enhance the quality of life and support for people at the end of life and their families. Hospice care is focused on maintaining dignity, increasing quality of life, and providing comfort, including pain and symptom management. Hospice care is for patients with a variety of diagnoses, including heart disease, stroke, liver disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and more.
Hospice care treats the person rather than the disease.
It’s a philosophy of care that enhances life as it nears its end for patients and their families and friends. It focuses on quality rather than length of life. Hospice care is family-centered care — it involves the patient and the family in making decisions. Care is provided for the patient and family 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hospice affirms life and does not hasten or postpone death.
Even when medicine cannot provide a cure, it can offer comfort, care and assistance that can help maintain a better quality of life for the patient. This type of care, called palliative care, involves the aggressive treatment of physical and emotional pain and symptoms. It focuses on enhancing a patient’s comfort and improving quality of life.
Hospice is not a place.
It is a special type of care that can be provided anywhere the patient calls home; including homes, nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living facilities. Most hospice care in the United States is given in the home, with a family member or members serving as the main hands-on caregiver.
One of the problems with hospice is that it is often not started soon enough.
Sometimes the doctor, patient, or family member will resist hospice because he or she thinks it means you’re giving up, or that there’s no hope. This is not true. If you get better or the disease doesn’t progress, you can be taken out of the hospice program and go into active treatment. You can go back to hospice care at a later time, if needed. The hope that hospice brings is the hope of a quality life, making the best of each day during the last stages of advanced illness.
Some Facts About Hospice
- Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments.
- Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death. Hospice staff and volunteers offer a specialized knowledge of medical care, including pain management.
- The goal of hospice care is to improve the quality of a patient’s last days by offering comfort and dignity.
- Hospice care is provided by a team-oriented group of specially trained professionals, volunteers and family members. Hospice addresses all symptoms of a disease, with a special emphasis on controlling a patient’s pain and discomfort. Hospice deals with the emotional, social and spiritual impact of the disease on the patient and the patient’s family and friends. Hospice offers a variety of bereavement and counseling services to families before and after a patient’s death.
- Hospice care can be given in the patient’s home, a hospital, nursing home, or private hospice facility. Most hospice care in the United States is given in the home, with a family member or members serving as the main hands-on caregiver.
What Does Hospice Care Include?
Our services are customized to meet the need of the patient. Some of the services hospice care provides include:
- 24 hour support by phone or personal visit
- Physician Care – Medical Management
- Direct Nursing Care
- Home Care Aides for bathing and other personal services Social Services
- Spiritual Counseling
- Volunteer Services
- Symptom Management (pain & other symptoms)
- Medications related to the pain and symptom management of the Hospice Diagnosis Medical Equipment (wheelchairs, hospital beds, oxygen, etc)
- Medical Supplies (incontinent supplies, nutritional supplements)
- Nutritional Assistance
- Bereavement Support following the patient’s death
Is Hospice Right For My Loved One?
Your loved one may qualify for hospice services if one or more of the following statements are true:
- There is a life-limiting illness such as lung disease, congestive heart failure, cancer or dementia.
- Treatment for a cure is no longer available or is not desired.
- Relief from pain or symptoms resulting from the illness would enhance quality of life.
- The caregivers and patient would benefit from care and assistance at home.
LIVE WITHOUT PAIN!
When you are in pain, it can be difficult to focus on anything else; pain can affect every part of your life.
You may not be able to eat or sleep well. You may not have the energy to do the things you enjoyed doing in the past. You may not want to talk with loved ones or maintain your relationships. Your pain may consume your daily life. Physical pain can take away peace of mind, comfort, enjoyment and most of all hope. It doesn't have to be this way.
Learn more about pain, common myths, and how best to manage pain at this informative website from the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization: LIVE Without Pain.
Why Choose Solaris?
Not all hospices are the same. Physicians, hospitals, nurses, and medical professionals trust and rely on Solaris every day to care for their patients. Every patient has unique needs and wishes. Solaris utilizes a team based approach to individualize care for each and every patient and family we serve.
We are recognized as industry experts in palliative medicine, which is the relief of pain and symptoms. The families we serve often say they just wish they would have called us sooner.