Insightsthe blog of Porter Hills
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
A theme is selected each year by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Association. The theme for 2017 is “It’s about how you live”.
One of the biggest misconceptions about hospice is that it is all about dying…the secret is that our care is actually focused on LIVING as fully as possible regardless of the fact that the people we are caring for have serious and life limiting conditions.
We do this through the care of dedicated and specially trained staff including; physicians, nurses, hospice aides, social workers, spiritual care counselors, music therapists, massage therapists and volunteers.
Another misconception about hospice is that it is only for people who are in the active phases of dying. One of the top comments we get from families is “I wish we would have called hospice sooner.” This is because of the comprehensive and supportive care that hospice provides to both the individual we are serving as well as their family.
Hospice is a benefit included with Medicare, Medicaid and Private Insurances. Hospice care includes the support of our dedicated team members, medications, equipment, and supplies necessary to ensure quality of life and superior symptom management.
We start our service by asking a simple question: “how do you want to live?” We want to know what our patients love, how they want to spend their final days, and what they want to do with the remaining time they have left. Because we believe that helping our patients celebrate life is just as important as the clinical care we provide.
It is important to know that hospice is a treatment option available to people who meet eligibility criteria which does include a life expectancy of less than 6 months. You can access hospice services by directly contacting a hospice provider that is a good fit for you and your family or by asking your physician if hospice might be an appropriate treatment option for you or your loved one. For more information on selecting a hospice provider visit the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.