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Hospice Care or Palliative Care
What is Hospice Care (also known as Palliative or Comfort Care)?
Hospice care is considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury. Hospice care involve a team-oriented (referred to as the interdisciplinary team) approach including expert medical care, palliative care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient's needs and wishes.
Support is provided to the patient's loved ones as well. At the center of hospice and palliative care is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so.
Hospice care can be received in many places, the most common being a person’s home. The person’s “home” can also be assisted living, residential care home, and skilled nursing. Respite care can be offered in skilled nursing, hospitals, etc. as well. Hospice care Houston TX, Dallas or any other city can be searched on the Cypress Trio website. Texas (as do many other states) have numerous choices for comfort care homes and palliative care. You do have a choice and if you aren't pleased with the services of a particular hospice, you have the right to change. Cypress Trio helps to you to locate the correct Hospice care, for instance it may be a palliative care Houston or comfort care homes Houston , any other type of senior care in any locations of US.
So many times, families say “I wish I had known about hospice care or comfort care earlier”. For this reason, it is the approach of many hospice companies to provide this care as soon as the person becomes eligible. Medicare does have very strict criteria for admissions to hospice care and palliative care. That being said, you should not shy away from having this conversation with your physician as early as possible.
Many physicians struggle with “fixing” all medical problems, but many physicians understand and are willing to work with families on the solutions for end of life issues. PBS Frontline recently aired a documentary based on the award winning book called Being Mortal by AtulGawande, MD. The book and the show highlight that even physicians struggle with end of life discussions and when is the best time for hospice or palliative care. Here is the link to the show. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/being-mortal/ Most people involved with hospice encourage families to have discussions about what the patient’s wishes are, however they realize these are not always easy discussions for families. They offer many professional disciplines to help with this process such as clergy, medical social workers, physicians & nurses. Families can choose the type of support they and their loved ones need.
There are many misconceptions and myths about hospice care, we have highlighted a few of those here. Additionally, you may have many questions about hospice that many others do, so we have added those here.
I often tell families to perhaps start thinking in terms of quality of life versus quantity of days. Hospice care is a gift when time is right.