What is Hospice
Hospice is a program, which is offered through MEDICARE and private insurance that provides support and care to patients that have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and has six months or less life expectancy.
We have all paid into the Medicare hospice benefit and most of all the commercial insurances also have a hospice program. With the Medicare or commercial hospice benefit, we only need to contact Medicare to initiate the benefit and get it started. You will never receive a bill from Medicare for initiating your hospice benefit. Whenever you need help, if a fall occurs or if a change of condition occurs you have an on-call staff that is available to you and your family 24/7.
How do you know it’s time for Hospice?
How do you know if time for hospice? If your physician has suggested hospice, then it is time to consider getting the type of support that hospice provides to help not only the patient, but your family make some difficult decisions. As the patient are you asking the following questions:
- Do you need help with pain and symptom management?
- Have you lost more than 10 pounds without trying in the last month)?
- Have you been to the emergency room or urgent care facility more than three times in the last six months?
- Do you need help with your personal care, hygiene or getting dressed?
- Are you so short of breath that you can no longer get out of bed or go to the bathroom?
IS THE ANSWER TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS – “YES”?
If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, then you are ready for Anchor Hospice care to come in and support you and your family.
By choosing to no longer make efforts to continue aggressive curative care, you and your family can concentrate on getting the most out of the time that is left.
When we service you at home that is simply called routine home care. That is when you are comfortable, and all symptoms can be managed at home with medication. Hospice has a goal to maintain your lifestyle at home but if you have pain that is not able to be controlled or any other uncontrolled symptom we can bring a nurse into the home to stay 24-hours a day until we get the symptom under control. If we cannot get the symptom under control even though we have placed a nurse at your home, we will move you to our contracted hospital to provide you with a higher level of 24-hour nursing care. If your family has a trip planned or your caregiver needs help we have the option to move you to a contracted facility temporarily for 5 days.
Overseeing Your Care
Hospice will always be overseeing your care by supporting the caregiver by providing the medications that are related to the disease process, all the medical equipment, and your medical supplies for your hospice care. We will give services where ever the patient calls home:
- Home Residence
- Family Members Home
- Assisted Living Facility
- Skilled Nursing Facility
- Personal Care Home
Each patient has an Interdisciplinary Team or and IDT to anchor each patient at home. Our Chief Medical Officer will lead the team as the Medical Director. He is double board certified in Internal Medicine and Palliative Care. Each patient will also have a RN Case Manager, Master of Social Worker, Chaplin and a volunteer if available.
Your Registered Nurse Case Manager will provide home visits based on your needs and provide the following services:
- Individualized ongoing physical assessments
- Coordinate with our Chief Medical Officer on medication management and manage medication refills
- Maintain supplies needed for hospice care
- Manages the interdisciplinary team that coordinates your care and assures that it is individualized to your care
- Listens to your needs and the needs of your family
Our Certified Nursing Assistants will assist with your activities of daily living such as:
- Brushing Teeth
- Changing Bed Linens
- Getting Dressed
- Delivering Hospice Supplies
Your team starts educating you and your family on what to expect not only during the transition but also after. Even though you and your love ones may not fully understand the journey that lies ahead, there are important decisions that will need to be made. Facing the seriousness of a disease process that has advanced beyond a cure brings a large mix of emotions. We understand those emotions and our clinical social workers and Chaplin’s will listen to your needs and the needs of your loved ones providing information to lessen the fear of the unknown.
Our Clinical Social Workers will provide you and your family the emotional support, counseling services, access to community resources and help with “end-of-life” planning.
Our Clinical Social Workers will provide the following support:
- Provide counseling, education and emotional support
- Offer guidance on community resources
- Help family and friends deal with anticipatory grief
- Assist with advance directives & end-of-life planning
- Help find suitable living arrangements, as needed
- Assist with explaining benefit eligibility and applying for benefits
For your Spiritual needs, we warmly welcome you to use our non-denominational Chaplain services. Let us know If you need our Chaplain to coordinate with your clergy or assist you in getting a pastor, rabbi, priest, or other clergy to participate in your care.
Our Chaplains will provide the following services:
- Offer Non-Denominational Chaplin support
- Pray with you and your loved ones as desired
- Provide Communion or coordinate with other rituals
- Engage in spiritual reflection and review life
Each person copes with grief differently and our Bereavement Coordinator educates your family on what to expect during the first year after your loved one transitions. As a member of our Hospice family, loved ones may continue their grief support for up to 13 months after the transition of your loved one.
Our Bereavement Coordinators offer the following services:
- Host grief workshops
- Conduct caregiver support groups
- Provide adult and children’s bereavement books
- Distribute grief support and holiday news letters
- Conduct annual Remembrance Community Memorial Service