What is Hospice Care?

Home Health Aide Assisting Hospice Patient and Family in Huntington Park, CA

If a patient has a terminal illness, there may come a point where treatment is not working and the patient’s condition is declining. Being in hospice care means the doctor now suspects the patient to live 6 months or less.

Hospice Care improves the quality of life by managing pain and symptoms. The symptoms may include shortness of breath, sleep deprivation, pain, depression or anxiety. The hospice team manages this through medication and therapy. A nurse usually visits 2 to 3 times a week to control pain and symptoms through medication. If an emergency happens the registered nurse is on call 24 hours a day. The family may call the nurse and the nurse will instruct the family on how to resolve the problem. If it can not be solved through the phone then the nurse will have to go and visit the patient to resolve the matter.

Hospice brings together a team which includes doctor, nurses, social workers, chaplain, counselors, home health aides, and volunteers. The team does periodic visits to assist with the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient. Hospice helps the family too not just the patient. Counselors help with grieving and emotions they may have. Hospice also provides medications, medical equipment, and medical supplies.

Hospice does not increase or decrease a person’s life span. Hospice care focuses on the symptoms and pain, but not the disease itself. Treatments and prescription drugs intended to cure your illness is not covered under hospice care. The aim of hospice care is to fight the symptoms and pain brought on by the disease and not the disease itself.

Hospice care is provided anywhere the patient calls home. It may be a private residence, a loved ones house, assisted living, or a skilled nursing facility. A majority of clients choose outpatient hospice, which is hospice at home. This option is chosen because they get to stay in the comfort of their own home and close to family members.

Hospice care is covered from the very beginning by Medicare and Medical. This includes the medical staff visits, medical equipment, medical supplies, and medications. There is no out of pocket payment from you or your family members. If you have any additional questions regarding hospice care please call us at (747) 755-5181.

About Hospice Valley

Hospice Care Team in Huntington Park, CA

Knowing that a loved one is near the end of the road is never easy; it’s a difficult time for everyone: the patient, their family, their friends, their coworkers,  and neighbors. We are not here to fight the illness; we cannot help there. We can, however, lessen the impact of symptoms and help manage the pain so that their final days go by with no pain and no symptoms.

Hospice Valley’s core mission is to offer a way for the terminally ill to live out their last days without worry, so that they can spend their final days at peace and surrounded by the people they love. It’s a humble goal, one that we truly believe in and one we will work tirelessly for.

Through the use of both medicine and therapy, we are able to provide a wide variety of services to help ease the pain that comes along with most terminal illnesses. Our hospice care facilities are fully equipped and capable of caring for those even with the most sensitive health conditions. At times, patients prefer staying within the comfort of their own homes. We understand that completely, which is why we also offer hospice care to patients where they feel the safest.

Our staff is truly passionate about giving their all to each and every patient. They are fully trained to handle any situations or problems that may occur, whether they be physical, emotional, or spiritual. Their compassion and skill make them fully equipped to help consult you and take off some of the burden off your shoulders. All staff members also go through frequent evaluations to ensure that they meet Hospice Valley’s standards.

Should you decide that Hospice Valley is the choice for you, we are awaiting with a warm smile and the willingness to provide the best care available.

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