Contrary to a common belief that hospice is just for people with end-stage cancer, hospice can help people with different life-limiting conditions when symptoms no longer respond to curative treatment.
People with the following illnesses can qualify for hospice care. AIDS, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias, Cancer, Congestive Heart Disease, End-Stage Liver and Kidney Diseases, Parkinson’s Disease, Lung Disease, Multi-system Breakdown, Multiple Sclerosis and Stroke.When appropriate, patient's primary physician and Grace Hospice's Medical Director will authorize start of Hospice care. Use of the Medicare Hospice Benefit requires a physician certification of a life-limiting illness.
Any patient with limited life expectancy whose focus is now on physical, emotional, and spiritual comfort can apply for Hospice care. When appropriate, patient's primary physician and Grace Hospice's Medical Director will authorize start of Hospice care. Patients with wide range of diagnoses (such as cancer,dementia, chronic lung disease, congestive heart failure, stroke) if disease is advanced, qualify for Hospice care.
Hospice is fully reimbursed by Medicare and Medi-cal. Most health insurance and HMO cover Hospice care. Arrangement can be made for private pay for patients who qualify for Hospice care.
Patients primary physician may remain as the attending physician. Our experienced Medical Director certifies prognosis, provides home visits as needed, and leads the Hospice team in patient's care.
Non-denominational clergies provide plan of care and teach the family proper patient care and use of communication.
RNs do initial and follow up visits; coordinate plan of care and teach the family proper patient care and use of medication.
Licensed social workers provide support and counselling in dealing with end of life issues.
Provide hands on Patient care
Includes Physical, Occupational, Speech, Respiratory Therapists as well as Dieticians.
Hospice provides drugs for symptom control and pain relief.
When necessary, Hospice provides oxygen, medical supplies and other assistive devices, and durable medical equipment.
Physical, Occupational,Speech Therapy services are provided when appropriate.
Hospice volunteers are trained to assist the patient cope with their health condition. They are also knowledgeable in giving emotional and physical support.
Social workers provide counseling and assists patients in matters related to personal finance among others.
Respite care is given to a hospice patient by another caregiver so that the usual caregiver can rest