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 Care is Not Limited to Six-months of Service.
At Devinity Hospice, we work closely with our patients’ doctors. We partner with hospitals, nursing homes, insurers and community-based organizations to address the discomfort, fears and high expenses that often accompany an incurable illness. This approach meets the needs of our patients and their families and helps manage care transitions: from hospital to home, from curative to palliative, from chronic to advanced.
We provide hospice care in patients’ homes, 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.
One of the challenges for family members and caregivers of people who are near the end of life is knowing when it is time to consider hospice. In making this decision, consider these questions:
Your loved one’s physician can play a key role in determining, from a medical standpoint, if the patient is clinically appropriate for hospice. Using a variety of medical criteria and guidelines—which vary according to specific illness—the physician can determine whether hospice is a viable choice. Alternatively, you or your loved one can call a hospice provider for a free evaluation of hospice eligibility. If the patient is hospice appropriate, the hospice provider can help you have the conversation with your physician.
Typically, hospice care starts as soon as a formal request or “referral" is made by the patient's physician. Often a hospice program representative will make an effort to visit the patient within 48 hours of that referral, provided the visit meets the needs and schedule of the patient and family/primary caregiver. Usually, hospice care is ready to begin within a day or two of referral. However, in urgent situations hospice services may begin sooner.
Hospice is covered 100% under Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans, HMO's and managed care organizations. Arrangement for private pay is available for those that qualify for hospice care.
Any individual whose focus is on physical, emotional and spiritual comfort can apply for hospice care. Diagnosis commonly associated with hospice care includes: