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3 Choices for In-Home Care Services, Part 3: Hospice Care

The following information was taken from SouthernCare Hospice Services. At this time, Compassionate Care does not provide hospice services. However, we are able to work along side hospice agencies.

When Life matters most, Hospice care helps patients and their families make the most of the days that remain. Hospice care allows patients and families to focus on the things that matter the most – time with loved ones, sharing conversations with family and friends.

Hospice is about treating the whole person – mind, body and spirit. It is a plan of care that brings comfort, compassion and closure for the patient and the family. Curo Health Services, and its eight affiliates, specialize in honoring life and offering comfort and dignity to both the patient and family who are facing a terminal illness.

WHAT IS HOSPICE?

Hospice cares for the person, not the disease. Hospice reaffirms life, focuses on dignity, brings comfort and quality to the remaining months, weeks, and days. Hospice does not hurry death. Hospice does not prevent death.

Hospice is a team of health professionals caring for the patient, and relieving anxiety for the caregiver/family. SouthernCare's hospice nurses are skilled in pain and symptom management. Their Hospice support team helps patients and families with personal care, social, emotional and grief issues.

In addition to pain and symptom management Hospice offers guidance through the unknown, connections with needed resources, and friendship and comfort throughout the remaining time, and even after the patient’s death.

Hospice is not a place, but a philosophy of care based on a whole person concept of living and dying. It is a unique health care approach in which the patient and family, not the disease, are the focus.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR HOSPICE?

Hospice care is for people who have a life expectancy of six months or less, and have chosen to focus on pain and symptom relief over healing treatment.

Diagnoses commonly associated with Hospice care include these and other terminal diseases:

  • Heart Disease
  • Alzheimer’s/Dementia
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Liver/Renal Failure
  • Cancer
  • AIDS/HIV
  • Neurologic Diseases
  • Stroke or Coma

Eligibility criteria include frequent hospitalizations, progressive weight loss, deteriorating mental abilities, frequent infections, and/or an overall decline in condition. 

Curo Health Services and its eight Hospice Affiliates offer disease specific care plans for these and other terminal illnesses.

*Content was taken from SouthernCare Hospice Services. Please visit SouthernCare Hospice for more information about their services and volunteer opportunities.

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