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Understanding Hospice

The thought that you or someone you love is dying can be devastating.

It may seem that there is nothing more you can do.  But in fact much can be done and Hospice can help.

What is Hospice

Hospice is a special kind of care for patients and families facing a life-limiting illness or condition.  At the center of hospice is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so.

  • Hospice cares for all ages and all diseases.  Our individualized care is beneficial for anyone with any end-stage illness, including heart, lung or kidney disease; cancer; dementia / Alzheimer’s disease; and neuromuscular disorders, such as Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Hospice offers palliative or comfort care rather than curative treatment.  We focus on pain and symptom control that enable the patient to live as fully and comfortably as possible.
  • Hospice treats the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those they serve, supporting patients, families and caregivers offering education, training and counseling.   Services are provided using a team approach by professionals that include:  physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, bereavement counselors, chaplains and volunteers.
  • Hospice provides supplies, medications and equipment needed to maintain quality of life; in your home, including nursing homes and assisted living residences – wherever you call home.  We are contracted with Fairhaven Community, The Inn at Westbrook, Wyandot County Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and Wyandot Memorial Hospital.
  • There is not a time limit for hospice care as long as the patient meets eligibility requirements:  Patients and families have the ability to revoke hospice at any time if a condition or situation changes.
  • Hospice continues to care for the family even after the death of the patient, providing one to one grief counseling and community workshops.
  • The costs of care, medicines and equipment needed to control the symptoms of your terminal illness are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and some insurance plans.  Hospice of Wyandot County is an independent, not-for-profit company and welcomes all patients in need of hospice care, regardless of ability to pay. We have also been blessed with wonderful community support meaning you will never receive a bill from us!
  • Hospice is always here for you:  help is just a call away, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • You have the right to choose to receive services from any Medicare-certified agency.

 

Am I Ready for Hospice?

Choosing hospice care can be a difficult decision for patients and their families.  Often people hesitate to explore the hospice option, because they are confused about hospice services or they believe it is only for the last days of a patient’s life.  The most common statement we hear is “we should have called you sooner”.  We believe that quality of life can and should be enriched at all stages – and hospice care makes the most impact on the lives of our patients and their families when it is chosen early.  Hospice can be contacted when patient and family make a choice for palliative (comfort) care rather than curative treatment.

Hospice offers patients the choice to complete their lives with dignity, purpose and peace.  Call us with any questions or to make a referral.

Hospice doesn’t seek to lengthen life or hasten death, but instead focus on quality of life.