It’s Not About Giving Up, It’s About Redirecting Your Focus
Once diagnosed with a terminal illness, patients and their families are often left feeling overwhelmed. Depending on the dialog or lack thereof that occurs between the patient and their primary care provider, patients may find it difficult to navigate the healthcare system. Unfortunately, many patients continue to access the same healthcare resources they have always utilized, resulting in recurrent hospitalizations and unnecessary treatments that provide little to no benefit to the patient.
Often, individuals are hesitant to consider hospice care as an option due to a misconception that electing hospice care means “giving up”. Many believe that individuals who receive hospice care are receiving a lower level of healthcare, or possibly no healthcare at all. In reality, hospice patients are cared for by a team of healthcare professionals who are specialists in their field. An interdisciplinary team composed of a palliative care physician, palliative care nurses, a medical social worker, a hospice chaplain, a specially trained home health aide and compassionate volunteers work collectively to provide individualized care. The hospice care team works closely with the patient and their loved ones to develop a plan of care that is specific to the patient’s needs.
With the guidance of our team, patients and their families are better able to understand their care options. Patients are empowered to direct their care based on their personal goals. The focus shifts from curative care to quality and comfort. Our team is dedicated to caring for each patient with a holistic, all-inclusive approach. In addition to the professional support of our team, our patients are provided all necessary medical equipment, medical supplies, appropriate pharmaceuticals, and the education and direction necessary to allow each patient to remain in his or her home environment. Counseling and social support is available to help patients and families with psychological, emotional, and spiritual issues. Our patients and their families have access to our care team 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
If you or someone you know would like more information, please contact our office to schedule a private consultation. A member of our care team is available to meet with you to answer your questions and discuss care options.