Any patient diagnosed with a terminal illness who is not currently receiving aggressive treatment is eligible to receive hospice care.
It may be time to consider hospice care if aggressive efforts to treat a disease are creating more distress, pain and harm than good. Patients and families can request hospice at any time as part of your care options. Your physician would then write an order for hospice services.
Physicians normally refer a patient to hospice when the prognosis or disease outcome appears poor. Families and loving caregivers are the most ideal advocates for their loved ones. Please do not hesitate to approach the option of hospice care with your physician.
Once a decision is reached, our hospice will work with families to immediately arrange for services. We believe it is very important for a trained nurse to visit patients and their family in the home or hospital prior to discharge. We consult with the patient’s physician to determine hospice appropriateness, evaluate the patient’s medical condition, thoroughly explain our services and completely answer any questions patients or families may have. There is some paperwork to be signed, then nursing care will be scheduled, along with delivery of medical equipment and medications.
Medicare, Medicaid, HMOs, VA and most private insurance plans provide 100% coverage of all hospice related care, medications and supplies. More than 80% of hospice patients are over 65 years of age and qualify for Part A Medicare coverage. Private insurance coverage is often the same as what Medicare provides.
Yes. Lakeside Hospice’s Medical Director is available for consultation with the patient’s physician and the hospice nurses will work with your physician through all aspects of care.
Hospice care almost always starts the same day of your phone call.
We are committed to providing the highest level of care to our patients and their families. With that goal in mind, our nurses develop a visit schedule to meet the individual needs of your loved one. As a patient’s needs change, our nursing visits may increase.
Because changes in a patient’ s condition are expected, symptom assessment and nursing visits are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Yes. Lakeside Hospice assigns a core team to each individual patient led by the nurse case manager. These team members are your loved one’s regularly scheduled medical care providers and will also include on-call nurses for late night or weekend care.
Most hospice care is provide in our patient's homes, at nursing homes or at an inpatient hospice house.
There are several differences between the two types of care:
-Home healthcare is a wonderful resource for individuals who require care after an illness. The focus of home health is to assist patients in resuming their normal activities of daily living and to restore a patient who expects to recover to a healthy functional level for the future. While hospice encourages patients to continue their daily activities, we recognize the challenges of an advancing disease can cause limitations in living a normal life. Our goal is to maximize quality of life while minimizing the impact of these limitations with proactive symptom management.
-Home health is an aggressive form of care which mainly includes nursing and physical therapies focused entirely on the patient. Hospice is a more holistic care approach by a specialized team focused on comfort and symptom control. Hospice care takes into account the care of the family and caregivers, as well as that of the patient.
Absolutely not! Our patients are encouraged to live a full and active life as far as their disease allows.
Our hospice and palliative care nurses will provide your loved one with the most effective treatments and medications for symptom management and pain control.
Very high. We partner with an established local pharmacy with an excellent reputation. Our nurses work closely with the pharmacy staff to make sure pain is properly managed for our patients. Medications are available in a variety of forms for the patient's comfort: oral, rectal, sublingual (under the tongue) and topical gel.
The need for constant caregiving may be unnecessary in the early stages of care when the patient is still ambulatory and functional. However, as the disease progresses and the patient becomes more dependent on their loved ones, more vigilant caregiving will become necessary in order to maintain patient hygiene and to monitor medication and comfort levels. Families often bond as members share shifts of time caring for their loved one. Hospice volunteers are also available for occasional caregiver respite.
Physicians and patients turn to hospice when treatment for a disease is no longer effective in fighting it. Lakeside Hospice focuses on quality of life and comfort care, not curative care, emphasizing symptom management and pain control. Far from giving up hope, hospice enables patients and their families to achieve their goals and fulfill their wishes in the time they have remaining.
Our hospice team will assess the patient's needs and arrange for any necessary equipment delivery to the home.
Lakeside Hospice works in close partnership with the staff at many nursing homes and has a well respected reputation within the medical community. While the nursing home staff provides ongoing expertise in geriatric and chronic illness care, hospice provides specialized pain and symptom management for the resident. Our nursing home partners appreciate the added experience and skill provided during visits by the nurse, hospice aide, social worker and chaplain. In addition, Lakeside Hospice provides emotional and bereavement support to the nursing home staff who have developed long-term relationships with their residents.
Yes. If your loved one’s condition improves or the disease moves into remission, they may be discharged from hospice care and return to curative therapy. Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance companies allow additional coverage should the patient need to return to hospice care.