Choosing hospice care is a positive step for a patient and family when illness cannot be cured. Any illness that the physician believes is likely to take the patient’s life within six months qualifies the patient for hospice. The Beacon of Hope Hospice team includes many forms of support for the family. We will assign a hospice physician and medical/nursing staff that are on call 24/7. Our clinical team remains in contact with the patient’s personal physician so that the patient can have confidence that caregivers are fully informed. Our RN visits to help control pain and manage symptoms, while aides are available to help with personal care and give respite to caregivers. A crucial role is played by hospice volunteers, providing a wide variety of practical and emotional assistance including running errands, preparing light meals, and visiting with the patient to give the family members a reprieve.
In addition to physical needs, Beacon of Hope Hospice recognizes the emotional and spiritual needs that arise during this difficult time. Social workers, chaplains and bereavement specialists are there to provide emotional, spiritual and grief support for the family and loved ones. These supporters will continue to follow up and be available to assist for up to 13 months after bereavement. Financial strain can also be a realistic concern. It relieves many families to learn that Medicare will pay for all medical services relating to the terminal illness, including supplies, equipment, and medications
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