Many older adults prefer to get their healthcare at home. Mission Healthcare follows Medicare criteria for admission to our services. Home health services are available to individuals who meet the following guidelines; if the patient does not meet admission criteria, the patient may be referred to an alternate service and the physician will be notified.
Timely and appropriate identification of hospice-eligible patients increases the likelihood that the patient and family will benefit from compassionate, end-of-life care. In order to begin hospice care, patients must meet the hospice eligibility requirements established by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. For a patient eligible for hospice, consider the following guidelines:
Unlike hospice care, which supports terminally ill patients through the end of life, palliative care can be provided with curative medical treatments and is appropriate regardless of age or disease stage.
A physician’s referral is required for palliative care services. If the patient is undergoing curative treatment in addition to palliative care, our team will work with the patient’s other medical care providers to ensure the patient is receiving the most beneficial services possible. Palliative Care may be helpful for: A patient of any age living with a serious illness (e.g., cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, AIDS, ALS and more.
A patient who is still seeking aggressive treatment for their illness and chooses palliative care to complement their main treatment, ease pain and other symptoms, and improve quality of life.