When you or someone you love is living with a terminal illness, quality of life matters more than ever. Hospice services are available to individuals who choose to forgo curative treatment. The typical hospice patient has a prognosis or life expectancy of six months or less, if the illness follows its expected course. Our patient and family-centered care team identify physical, emotional, and spiritual needs during this difficult time. We provide care where you call home, whether it is your own home, a nursing facility, or assisted living facility. The earlier we begin discussing your needs and wishes for the time that remains, the more we can do to help you and your family.
Deciding whether to start care and comfort services is a personal choice, but many patients transition when they have decided to stop curative or aggressive treatments and want to focus on the quality of life for more meaningful time with family and friends. Below are some signs it might be time for you or your loved one to consider hospice care:
If the above signs apply to you or a loved one, it may be time to consider hospice care. To speak to someone about hospice care or other services provided at Mission Healthcare, please contact us now at (888) 871-0766.
Hospice services are available to individuals who choose to forgo curative treatment with a prognosis or life expectancy of six months or less. We deliver a range of hospice services conveniently and privately in the comfort of your home. Not only do we treat the patient, but also educate and train families to be able to extend that care to their loved one.
Our hospice care team is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for every patient. Our care team of skilled professionals works together to assist patients and families with end-of-life needs through their entire journey, becoming part of your family.
Navigating a serious illness is often just as difficult for the family as it is for the patient. Many patients and families who have received hospice services wish they had taken advantage of hospice sooner. There are many benefits of hospice care, the earlier a person begins hospice, the more it can help. There are many benefits to choosing hospice care, both for our patients and their loved ones.
Hospice care can be provided in many settings — a private home, a nursing home, assisted living facility, or a hospital.
Now is the best time to learn more about hospice and ask questions about what to expect. It’s important to talk with your doctor about your illness and how your disease is progressing. Starting hospice early may be able to provide months of meaningful care and quality time with loved ones.
You may ask your physician to submit a referral. After your physician refers you to hospice care, our hospice admissions team will contact you within 24 hours to set up a visit that’s convenient for you. You and your family will meet with an admissions nurse to determine your needs and discuss an individualized care plan.
Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances cover hospice services.
Our interdisciplinary hospice team
Volunteers are available to provide additional support to you and your family. Volunteers can give respite, companionship and emotional support and can assist with errands, transportation, light housekeeping, and daily activities.
Palliative and hospice are similar in that they both focus on comfort and quality of life. Palliative care is provided to manage symptoms, determine goals of care and assist in advance care planning while you are still undergoing treatment. Palliative care can be received by patients at any time and at any stage of an illness, whether it be life-limiting or not. Hospice care is often chosen when the burden outweighs the benefit of ongoing treatments intended to cure and when life expectancy is six months or less.
Yes! Advance care planning involves making decisions ahead of time about the health care you would want to receive at the end of life.
You qualify for hospice care if your physician certifies that you’re terminally ill (with a life expectancy of 6 months or less and you accept comfort care instead of care to cure your illness.
Our hospice care team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including on holidays. It’s important that our patients and families can get in touch with us right away.
Yes. Your doctor will play a crucial role in the hospice team working closely with hospice to develop a plan of care that best meets your individual needs and those of your family and caregivers. In addition, the hospice nurse will keep your doctor regularly informed about your condition and any changes that take place.
Yes, any patient can go off hospice at any time. You can also come back to hospice if circumstances change.
A benefit of hospice care is bereavement support for families and friends. Mission Healthcare provides phone calls, support groups and counseling for families after a death.
Absolutely not! Mission Healthcare can help you and your loved ones address your fears and concerns. We believe that entering hospice means that you may no longer be hoping for a cure, but that you are now hoping for the best quality life. With hospice, the focus shifts toward physical comfort and peace of mind during the final stages of life.