Hospice is not a place, but a quality of care that brings the patient and family not only medical, emotional, and spiritual care – but also compassionate support by focusing on comfort and quality of life.
Hospice is about living, about giving people access to what they need so they will have the best quality of life during a difficult time. Patients who choose hospice have made the decision – along with their families and doctors – to change curative goals for comfort goals. Hospice believes that through personalized services and a caring community, patients and their loved ones can obtain the necessary preparation for death so that it can be not merely a period of sorrow, but one which gives them a deeper understanding of life.
Onesource uses a “team” approach to hospice services integrating medical, emotional, spiritual, and social services support to patients and their families when a disease or illness has resisted curative treatment. Every patient has a tailored care plan specific to their unique needs and wishes.
In addition, hospice offers a variety of bereavement and counseling services to extended families – including children – that occur before and after a patient’s passing. Those involved in this process have a variety of physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. The process of coping with the passing of a loved one is very personal in nature and has varying effects on members of the family. Therefore the hospice team’s goal is to be sensitive and responsive to the special needs of each individual within the family, and the family as a whole.
Key things to know about Hospice care
- Hospice serves anyone facing a life limiting illness, regardless of age or illness.
- For years, the majority of hospice patients have had cancer. Recently, new guidelines have established that help hospice evaluate and admit patients with heart, lung, kidney, and liver disease as well as Alzheimer’s and Dimentia.
- Hospice has nursing treatment available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and treats pain and manages most symptoms while allowing most patients to be at home, even if their current residence is a Nursing Home or an Assisted Living Facility.
- A person may keep his or her referring physician involved while they receive hospice care.
- Hospice offers grief and bereavement services to family members and the community.
- Hospice services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, Private Insurance with hospice benefits, and/or private pay options.
Onesource Team Comprehensive Hospice Services
- The Attending Physicians co-certify prognosis, direct, approve, and coordinate the plan of care.
- The Medical Director co-certifies prognosis, works with the team in developing a plan of care, provides consultation to other physicians regarding hospice care, and provides pain and symptom management expertise to ensure the highest level of comfort for the patient.
- The Registered Nurse assesses the patient’s physical needs, develops and coordinates the plan of care, ensures pain and symptom management, and provides patient and family teaching as needed.
- The Social Worker provides emotional support, counseling, and assists the family with emotional and even financial needs by helping the family access community resources
- The Hospice Aide/Care Partner provides direct personal care to the patient, emotional support to the patient and family, and reports any identified needs to the RN.
- The Spiritual Coordinator offers spiritual support for the patient and family, provides counseling, and also sensitively assists with memorial and funeral arrangements
- The Volunteer Program provides respite and needed non-medical services for patients and their families. This includes companionship, assistance in and around the home, and even service such as errands and support for the patient and family at the time of death and during bereavement.