Understanding Hospice, Palliative Care and End-of-life Decisions
When a cure isn’t possible, care is.
What is Hospice?
Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments.
The goal of hospice care is to improve the quality of a patient’s life to live their final days to the fullest, as free as possible from disabling pain and mental anguish by offering palliative care. Palliative care aims to relieve pain and focuses on managing symptoms to improve the quality of life.
At the heart of hospice care is a team of dedicated individuals who provide comfort and compassionate care comprised by the patient’s physician, a medical director, registered nurses, clinical social workers, spiritual counselors, registered dietitians and trained community volunteers.
Who qualifies for Hospice Care?
Hospice services are available to individuals with life-limiting medical conditions. Referrals to hospice care can come from anyone; the patient’s consent and a physician’s authorization are required for an admission. You or your loved one may call and request services. To explore options, please call 877-587-3356. Now is the best time to learn more about hospice care and ask questions.
Why choose Hospice Care?
While the primary goal of healthcare is to cure, there are times when it is no longer possible. When the focus is on caring, not curing, hospice care can provide a shift to comfort and support for individuals and their loved ones faced with a life limiting medical condition. Apreva Hospice offers expert medical care and compassion. Our specially trained interdisciplinary team develops an individualized care plan for pain management and symptom control to improve the quality of a patient’s life to live their final days to the fullest. As pain is managed and symptoms are kept under control, the patient is better able to participate in daily life at home with family and friends. End of life care may be difficult to discuss, the choice of hospice is not an easy one, but it can be the right one.
Who pays for Hospice Care?
Medicare, Medi-Cal, commercial health insurance and managed care plans, private insurance providers, individuals and philanthropic contributions