For those of you who have heard our radio advertisements, watched our interviews, and read our articles in leading publications you know that Inland Regional Hospice believes in educating the community about all aspects of Hospice Care. Below you will find a variety of questions we commonly receive regarding Hospice Care. If you should have any questions that are not listed here please feel free to contact us anytime at 951.281.4415 or via the convenient contact form on our Contact page. We hope to hear from you soon.
Two owners of Assisted Living Facilities joined forces to improve the End of Life Care for their residents and others on the program.
Hospice is the only licensed health care agency providing Nursing, Social and Spiritual Care to patients diagnosed with End of Life illness and social and spiritual support to their families.
Hospice is designed to comfort, manage pain and compassion care, to patients and their families.
Throughout the past 15 years, caring for our residents and working with different Hospice agencies within our facility premises, we were able to see what we needed to improve to make us a better Hospice care provider to our residents and others.
Hospice services are provided to people with End of Life diagnoses.
Patients and their families have the option to choose to receive patient’s care in their Home, Assisted Living Facilities, Residential Care Homes and Nursing or Skilled Facilities.
Hospice is the only licensed health care agency that focuses on the End of Life care. Unlike most home health care providers, hospice recognizes that the patient will not get well and provides comfort and support, rather than a cure. Hospice care is provided by a team of skilled professionals that oversee the patients care. These professionals and specially trained volunteers attend to a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Hospice care focuses on the entire family, and educates loved ones about caring for the patient. Hospice care does not end when the patient dies. Bereavement services are provided for family members for up to 13 months after the patient’s death.
Hospice is covered by most major insurance companies including, Medicare, Medicaid, Medi-Cal, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, HMO, or other private insurance companies. This includes medical equipment and illness-related medications. When insurance does not cover hospice care, Inland Regional Hospice offers many services regardless of the ability to pay.
The patient and family should feel free to discuss hospice care at any time with their physician, other health care professionals, clergy, or friends.
Choosing hospice does not mean that you are giving up hope. It means that you have opted for treatments that will help manage various medical symptoms of End of Life illnesses.
One of the first things the Hospice will do is contact the patient’s physician to make sure, he or she agrees that hospice care is appropriate for the patient at this time. (Most hospices have medical staff available to help patients who have no physician). The patient will be asked to sign consent and insurance forms. These are similar to the forms patients sign when they enter a Hospital. The “hospice election form” says that the patient understands that the care is palliative (that is, aimed at pain relief and symptom control) rather than curative. It also outlines the services available. The form Medicare patients sign also tells how electing the Medicare hospice benefit affects other Medicare coverage.
Certainly! If the patient’s condition improves and the disease seems to be in remission, patients can be discharged from hospice and return to aggressive therapy or go on about their daily life. If the discharged patient should later need to return on Hospice, Medicare and most private insurance will allow additional coverage for this purpose.
Hospice is a choice, so a patient may choose to leave at any time.
The patient may receive Hospice care indefinitely if the patient’s condition remains appropriate for care.
The Hospice team is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. A nurse is always one call away any day, at any hour, including holidays.
Caring for a dying loved one at home can be quite difficult but Hospice has various available alternative resources.
Your hospice provider will assess your needs, recommend any equipment, and help make arrangements to obtain any necessary equipment. Often the need for equipment is minimal at first and increases as the disease progresses. In general, Hospice will assist in any way it can to make home care as convenient, clean, and safe as possible.
Hospice neither hastens nor postpones dying. Just as doctors and midwives lend support and expertise during the time of childbirth, hospice provides its presence and specialized knowledge during the dying process.
Hospice believes that emotional and spiritual pain is just as real and in need of attention as physical pain, so it can each be addressed. Hospice nurses and doctors are up to date on the latest medications and devices for pain and symptom relief. In addition, physical and occupational therapists can assist patients to be as mobile and self sufficient as they wish, and they are often joined by specialists schooled in music therapy, art therapy, massage, and diet counseling. Finally, various counselors, including clergy, are available to assist family members as well as patients.
No. While some churches and religious groups have started hospices (sometimes in connection with their hospitals), these hospices serve a broad community and do not require patients to adhere to any particular set of beliefs.