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CHAPTER THREE n FINDING HELP The Facts About Hospice Care By Gina Drummond, RN, MSN, Chief Executive Officer Hospice of Spokane All too often, we hear people say they Hospice care doesn’t mean leav- Hospice care is fully covered by wished they had received hospice care ing your home most health plans sooner. For many, they did not know how much Hospice of Spokane could Fact: Hospice services are provided in the Fact: Hospice is one of the most compre- help or they had incorrect information person’s home, wherever “home” may be. hensive, affordable healthcare services Family homes, nursing homes, and retire- available. Medicare, Medicaid and most about when and how to access hospice ment facilities are just some of the places private insurances cover hospice services care. Some of the most misunderstood our clients reside. without co-pays or deductibles. Visits to facts include: Hospice is not just Hospice is not just for the the home, medications, equipment and for cancer patients terminally ill family member fully covered. No one is turned away forpain-reducing treatments are usually Fact: Hospice care is for anyone with inability to pay, thanks to donations fromHospice care is unique because itFact: life-limiting illness, regardless of the our community.-is so comprehensive. In addition to cli ent-focused care, hospice supports the diagnosis. Many of our clients suffer from Hospice is not just for heart disease, neuromuscular illness, family and loved ones before, during the final days of life. dementia, as well as cancer. and following death. We relieve fami- lies’ stress and anxiety through educa- Fact: One of the most frequent comments If someone becomes a tion and counseling. Respite care is also we hear from clients is “I wish we had hospice patient, death available for caregivers who need an called you sooner.” Clients and families is not the only outcome occasional break. are often surprised by the breadth of Fact: Hospice care helps people find Your physician becomes physical, emotional and spiritual care meaning and purpose in their lives. part of the hospice team they receive from hospice services. With Hospice of Spokane encourages a high hospice support, families find they are quality of life so that clients can live as more able to enjoy every day they have We work closely with you andFact: fully as possible, for as long as possible. together. People with a six-month prog--your physician to develop an individu Support for the family helps everyone alized plan for care. Our staff physician nosis and who seek palliative (comfort) savor each moment together. is also available if a client doesn’t have care without curative treatments are eligi- a physician or if a physician home visit ble for renewable hospice services. It is not too early for hospice is required. if the person feels good or doesn’t have pain All hospice care is not the same Fact: The best time to begin hospice care Fact: The quality of hospice care can is before pain and discomfort begin. An vary dramatically due to expertise and philosophy. Beyond traditional hospice early referral gives the person and their care, some hospices, such as ours, also family time to get to know their hospice offer special services to enhance peo- team and receive support while planning for the future. A six-month prognosis and ple’s end-of-life experiences – such as desire for comfort care without curative in-home pet therapy, music therapy and healing touch therapies. treatment should be all a person needs to receive a referral for renewable hos- pice services. Hospice of Spokane is Spokane’s only No one has been denied quality care nonprofit hospice and has served our because their care was too costly – a gift community since 1977. We have cared from our community. for thousands of people as a nonde- nominational agency striving to alleviate suffering while honoring the dignity of the terminally ill. THE OPINIONS OFFERED IN THIS ARTICLE ARE FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION ONLY. TO FURTHER EXPLORE THIS TOPIC, THE PUBLISHER ENCOURAGES YOU TO CONTACT TRUSTED PROFESSIONALS. 104


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