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End Of Life Care Hospice Care Services
All hospices deliver a similar set of services. They include nursing, assistance with caregivers on a limited basis, chaplaincy, bereavement counseling, social worker and physician care (medical director in many cases). You are covered for many services and this includes medications related to your terminal diagnosis. The hospice team is there to help you transition in the ...Read more
It depends: If you have a potentially terminal illness, or are looking for a complete cancer progam you might. If you need cardiac surgery, orthopedics or other advanced care it is not likely to influence the decision. You want to pick a hospital based upon your needs, and the reputation of the staff and the hospital itself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If pt. is D/C'd back to a RCFE but now receives nursing services from a hospice, does this mean end of life care? Pt. had aspirational pneumonia.
If true hospice care: Yes, if it is true hospice care. However, some hospice services also provide "bridge care" for patients whose end is not quite in sight yet (it's like palliative care). Hospice services are a wonderful asset to have at the end of one's life. We all have an end. When our end is in sight, hospice is the way to go. It lets one die a good death, at home, pain-free, worry-free, in peace and quiet. ...Read more
What factors are used to determine hospice care? When can hospice care be removed (but not death). Person under hospice for almost a year now.
Patient's wishes: Hopefully the patient in question expressed their end of life preferences before they became unable to make their own choices. When a care plan of hospice is enacted, the focus is on comfort, which is a great thing. Sometimes a patient's death may be hastened by focusing more on comfort (say by giving morphine) but hospice is more of a BIG PICTURE type care plan. These discussions are complex. ...Read more
You can have some id: It is difficult to predict exactly but you can have some estimate most time. Before she passes she will gradually decline in her general health and activity level. As long as she can get out of the bed and move, she has a month or two to go. If she is bed fast, then her food intake and alertness level along with her other body functions will give you signals of how close she is to pass. ...Read more
Mom's on hospice care, heart, blood clots, dementia. She is constipated, likely from meds. How to ease pain. Quality of life over quantity.
End stage cancer and resurgence of energy/ mom on hospice care told weeks not months to live why suddenly so much energy?
Relieving suffering: Hospice care focuses on relieving or preventing suffering rather than trying to treat the underlying medical problems of patients with terminal illnesses. Hospice care may involve many types of health care professionals and will focus not just on physical but also emotional and social aspects of end-of-life care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: Hospice can be done at home with caregiver present, inpatient hospice at the local hospital for acute management only or respite or nursing home while the loved one has a long term care placement or respite. The level of care is depend on the severity of symptoms, meaning that more care is needed with worsening of symptoms and actively dying. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Another thought: I'm wondering if you meant, is hospice care compassionate? The idea of hospice is to provide specialized medical care for someone who is near the end of life, and their family--and usually patients and families find that hospice care is very compassionate--at its best hospice addresses all the aspects of dying. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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