Hospice Care at Home
Learning that you or someone you love has a terminal illness brings a host of questions: “How will my family care for me?” “Will she be able to handle the pain?” “Will he be able to stay at home?”
Comfort Is Found at Home
When it feels as if life has turned upside down and nothing is as it was, most of us just want to go home. Surveys have shown that when faced with terminal illness, nine out of 10 people said they preferred to remain in their homes for care, continuing the routines that make them most comfortable.¹
Hospice: a Philosophy Not a Place
The perception by many is that hospice means going to—or ending up in—a place. Hospice isn’t a place. Hospice is a philosophy of care that focuses on enhancing comfort and overall quality of life during the last months, weeks and days of life.
Hospice care works by treating physical symptoms, providing pain management and addressing emotional and spiritual concerns. Hospice can make the time the patient has more meaningful for them and their loved ones.
Wherever You Call Home, Hospice Is There
Hospice care extends to wherever a seriously ill patient calls home—a private residence, assisted living community or nursing home. An interdisciplinary hospice team—physician, nurse, hospice aide, chaplain, social worker, volunteer—brings clinical, compassionate hospice care to patients wherever they live.
When the patient is in a private residence, the team comes to the home to provide pain management and symptom control as well as personal care. The team also provides caregiver education along with emotional and spiritual support to the patient and their loved ones.
For patients who live in an assisted living community or nursing home, the hospice team provides care that complements the care the patient is already receiving. The staff of the facility is regarded as an extension of the patient’s family and receives the same emotional support, including bereavement services after death.
What If a Patient’s Condition Becomes Difficult to Control?
If a patient’s symptoms—pain, nausea or confusion, for example—worsen or become difficult to control, hospice continues to help the patient remain wherever they call home. Medicare-certified hospices must provide temporary shifts of continuous care at the bedside if symptoms become severe, eliminating the need to go to the emergency room.
Because—especially when you’re seriously ill—there’s no place like home.
A VITAS representative can contact you today about helping you or your loved one receive hospice at home.