Hospice FAQ


Who is hospice for?
Hospice is an appropriate choice for a person who has received a terminal
diagnosis (ALS, Alzheimer’s, Cancer, C.H.F., C.O.P.D., Dementia, H.I.V., Liver Disease, Parkinson’s,
Renal Failure, Stroke) and no longer wishes to seek aggressive treatment, but instead chooses to
pursue comfort measures and quality of life.

What is the first step to starting your journey in hospice care?
First, call Precise Hospice for a brief informational discussion concerning your personal choice to enter hospice care. During your call we will be able to guide you through the next steps of the hospice journey. This call will
be strictly informational, no pressure will be experienced to make decisions that are not
initiated by yourself.

Where does hospice care take place
Hospice care is provided to the patient wherever it is that they call home. For example
care can be provided in nursing facilities, group homes, assisted living facilities,
hospitals, and private homes. There are (4) levels of care that are appropriate for
patients benefits.

  • Routine Home Care: This level of care occurs at the patient’s place of living and covers a wide
    rage of duties focusing on the patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Nurses
    will manage the patient’s pain and nutrition during their visits while educating the patient’s
    caregivers concerning the diagnosis progression.
  • Respite Care: This level of care is available to patients who primarily live within a private
    residence. The patient will be placed in a licensed Medicare facility for up to (5) days to allow
    the patient’s caregiver time for self-care and to regain much needed rest to avoid caregiver
    burnout.
  • Continuous Care: This level of care is entered into when the patient has uncontrolled symptoms
    that warrant a licensed nurse to be at the patient’s bedside until symptoms are managed and stabilized. Examples would be: (Uncontrolled Pain, Respiratory Distress, Uncontrolled Anxiety, Uncontrolled Bleeding,
    Uncontrolled Vomiting/Diarrhea)
  • General Inpatient Care: This level of care is primarily performed in a hospital or skilled nursing
    facility setting where the patient will receive hospice care due to uncontrolled symptoms requiring 24/7 monitoring by a clinical staff R.N.

When is it time for Hospice?

  • When a doctor predicts that the patient’s life expectancy is less than 6 months, and:
  • When treatments for a disease are no longer effective
  • When curative measures have been exhausted
  • If the burden of treatment outweighs its benefits
  • If the patient has had multiple hospitalizations over the last several months

What is the schedule for nurse and doctor visits ?
Each patient has a Precise Care Plan created for them by their nurse to meet their
specific needs

Who will be my doctor if I choose Hospice care?

  • You can choose to keep your current doctor as the attending physician. Precise Hospice
    will never force you to change physicians as long as your doctor is willing to continue
    managing your care.
  • Precise Hospice also has the ability to match you with our own medical director
    promoting faster response times when addressing your medical needs.

Is hospice care needed if the patient is already in a nursing home?
Precise Hospice can provide specialty hospice services along with the services the patient is already receiving form the nursing home facility staff. Hospice services increases the quality and quantity of care the
patient receives.

Is there hospice for children, or is it only for the elderly?
Precise Hospice is not limited by age in its services. Precise Hospice can care for both pediatric and geriatric patients.

What is end of life care?
This care is provided by Precise Hospice staff and focuses strictly on
comfort measures for the patient and bereavement preparation services to the caregivers.

What is comfort care?
This is care provided by Precise Hospice staff that focuses on managing
the patient’s symptoms and keeping the patient as comfortable as possible during their time of
transition.

What is Palliative Care?
This is specialized care that provides relief from the symptoms and stress of an illness.

Can you talk to my loved one about hospice without mentioning death?
Hospice professionals are trained to discuss sensitive topics with patients and their
loved ones without adding stress to an already stressful situation. Precise Hospice approaches
each family and patient with the goal of meeting the requests of all persons to create a positive
experience.

Can a patient get better in Hospice care?
Hospice care is a type of care that focuses on comfort rather than curative options.
However, sometimes a patient’s health does improve while in hospice care. In this case the
patient will no longer be considered appropriate for hospice services and discharge planning will
be put in place.

What is an advance directive?

  • It is a legal document that allows a person to direct in advance the care to be received at
    some future time.
  • Living Wills, D.N.R’s and Powers of Attorney are examples of advance directive.

What happens after a patient passes away?

  • A member of the patient’s hospice team will be present to handle all post-mortem care and
    arrange for the funeral home to take the patient into their care. Spiritual/chaplain services will
    be offered to the family at this time.
  • Precise Hospice will also connect a patient’s loved ones with bereavement specialists who are
    equipped to address all aspects of grief and help in the planning of memorials, if the family
    wishes to take advantages of these services.

 


 

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