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Myth #1Families have to pay for hospice care
FactHospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances.
- Medicare Hospice Benefit 83.7%
- Medicaid Hospice Benefit 5.5%
- Managed Care or Private Insurance 7.6%
- Uncompensated or Charity Care 1.2%
- Other Payment Source 1.2%
- Self Pay 0.9%
Myth #2Hospice care is only for the elderly
Fact:Hospice care is for individuals of all ages facing a life-threatening illness.
0 - 64 years
65 - 74 years
75 - 84 years
Myth #3In order to receive hospice care I have to leave my home.
Fact:Most hospice care takes place in the location the patient calls “home.”
Patient's Place of Residence
Hospice Inpatient Facility
Acute Care Hospital
Myth #4Hospice care means giving up my own doctor.
Fact:You may keep your own physician, who will work closely with an experienced team of healthcare professionals. This team includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and medical social workers who help plan and carry out hospice care.
Myth #5Hospice care means giving up hope.
Fact:Hospice care focuses on maximizing quality of life based on an individual’s choices, allowing life to be lived as fully as possible for as long as possible. It is a compassionate, patient-centered approach that enhances the quality of life and support for patients and their families.
What is Hospice?
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 is not a place; it’s a philosophy of care that enhances life as it nears its end for the patients and their families and friends. 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 affirms life and does not hasten or postpone death.
Hospice care treats the person rather than the disease.
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 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.
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
Here are a few quick facts about hospice that you may not know:
- 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.
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
Where Do You Get Hospice Care?
Many people mistakenly believe that hospice is a place you go to receive care at the end of life.
One of the greatest advantages of Solaris care is that our team of nurses, aides and counselors go wherever your home may be, whether that is a residential home, nursing home, assisted living, or a hospital. Many times hospice care may begin in a hospital or other facility and transition to the patient’s home when appropriate.
Why Choose Solaris?
Physicians, hospitals, nurses, and medical professionals within our local communities and beyond, 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.