Myths and Facts About Hospice Care
Until we have a personal experience with hospice care, many of us are unfamiliar with the programs and services that can be provided when a loved one has a life-limiting illness. There are also many common misconceptions about hospice. Let’s explore some of these misconceptions about hospice and the facts about Haven Hospice services.
Hospice is about death and giving up hope.
- At Haven, we believe that hospice is about living -- a better quality of life at the end of life. Haven Hospice programs and services are offered to patients and their families which address the physical, medical, emotional and spiritual challenges associated with life-limiting illness. Haven Hospice professionals provide expert pain and symptom management to promote and maximize the quality of life at the end of life. Some patients are able to engage in favorite activities, visit family and spend time with friends.
Admission to hospice should only happen when the patient is within days of dying.
- Patients and their families often tell Haven Hospice staff that they wished they had enrolled in hospice care earlier. Medicare defines a hospice patient as someone with a prognosis of six months or less and the state of Florida’s definition is 12 months or less. Haven Hospice patients and their families benefit from the support of an expert inter-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, nursing aides, social workers, volunteers and chaplains. Timely access to the right care plan is important – to maximize the quality of life before the situation becomes critical.
Hospice patients have to give up their family physician and their right to make health care decisions to enroll in hospice services.
- Haven Hospice professionals coordinate the patient’s care and medications with the patient’s physician and other healthcare providers.Haven Hospice works with patients and families to create a plan of care that will manage the distressing pain and symptoms of a patient’s illness and will coordinate that care with the patient’s existing healthcare team.
All hospice patients go to a care center.
- Haven Hospice patients are cared for in their home or wherever they call home in North Florida: at their residence, in a skilled nursing facility or in a hospital. Haven Hospice provides routine home care, continuous care, inpatient care and respite care. If there is a need for short-term inpatient care, Haven Hospice does offers care centers in Gainesville, Palatka, Chiefland, Lake City and Orange Park. In these welcoming and home-like settings, family members are welcome 24-hours a day and encouraged to stay. Haven also welcomes visits from children and family pets. The care centers also offer overnight, short-term respite care to provide a break to primary caregivers. Respite care is a welcome change of routine that is so essential in maintaining caregiver quality of life.
There is only one hospice organization.
- There are multiple organizations that provide hospice services in the state of Florida. Some organizations are for-profit and others are non-profit. Some are accredited and others are not. Haven Hospice is a not-for-profit, community hospice organization which is accredited by ACHC (Accreditation Commission for Health Care). At Haven, no one is turned away regardless of their ability to pay.
Choosing hospice services and a hospice care provider are both very important decisions. Spending time researching and understanding the differences between hospice organizations is important so that when this critical time does arrive, we are able to make informed decisions.
Did you know that…
- If you have Medicare or Medicaid, your hospice benefit is covered 100 percent.
- Haven Hospice treats people with all types of life-limiting illness.
- There is no age limit for obtaining hospice care. Haven Hospice patients range from newborns to over 100 years of age.
- Haven Hospice can care for patients and their families throughout 18 counties in North Florida.
- A family member or friend can initiate Haven Hospice services for a loved one.
Ask for Haven Hospice today and let us know how we can help you and your family. The referral is as simple as a phone call 1.800.HOSPICE or you can visit www.havenhospice.org
and click on the Ask for Haven Hospice button.