What is Hospice Care?
What is hospice and what does hospice do? Hospice is a philosophy of care focused on comfort and quality of life, intended to give seriously ill patients and their loved ones meaningful time together when the focus is on the people, not the disease.
Hospice is “comfort care,” meaning it aggressively treats pain and other symptoms without trying to cure the illness. It is a whole package of care services that is almost always provided at the patient’s home, whether that’s a private residence or a care facility.
Where Does Hospice Care Happen?
We provide hospice care in patients’ homes, as well as in dedicated inpatient hospice units, hospital beds, nursing homes and assisted living communities/residential care facilities—wherever people can benefit from comfort care. The goal is to support patients and manage their care in the setting they consider home.
Who Pays for Hospice?
Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid/Medi-Cal and most private insurance. Since VITAS accepts Medicare and Medicaid as 100 percent coverage for its hospice services, there are no out-of-pocket expenses for eligible patients or their loved ones
We Bring Hospice to Your Home
bring hospice services to you or your loved one, in the place that’s most comfortable home. And we’re experts at managing the transition from hospital to your home, from curative to palliative care. Give us a call if you'd like to learn more about hospice care at home
patients receiving care at home have access to our medical professionals 24 hours a day. If there's a medical crisis, patients and their families often have the choice of staying home instead of going to a hospital.
As hospice care begins at home, it's important to remember that you are in control. WE ARE there to help take care of your loved one, not to take over. Our team members generally arrive on a schedule that works for you.
With Hospice You Are in Control
For the most part, team members generally speaking, a physician, nurse, hospice aide, social worker, chaplain, volunteer and bereavement manager arrive one at a time and on a schedule you have agreed to. They are there to help take care of your loved one, not to take over. With every visit, things will get easier. You will find yourselves looking forward to each team member’s arrival.
Hospice Home Care: What to Expect
Once the appropriate papers are signed and admissions orders received, the patient is officially admitted to hospice care. The hospice team communicates with the patient’s physician and the hospice physician to discuss medical history, current physical symptoms and life expectancy.
Our Hospice Team Considers All Perspectives
The team’s chaplain and social worker visit to add emotional, psychosocial and spiritual assessments to the plan of care
Regular visits by individual members of the team are scheduled
Any necessary home medical equipment is delivered
Any necessary medications are delivered
You receive information to help you manage the patient’s symptoms and contact the hospice if you have a question or need to see a member of the team
Your hospice team considers all input from the patient and family, from the physicians and from the medical evaluation to develop the patient’s plan of care. That plan is reviewed at weekly team meetings and revised based on the patient’s condition.
Best of all, the patient and family are at the center of the hospice team. You are the experts on what you want and need; the team looks to you to share this information so they know how best to care for you.