What is hospice?

Hospice is a comprehensive program that provides quality, compassionate support and care for people facing a life-limiting illness and their families.

When is the right time to ask about hospice?

Now is the best time to learn more about hospice; to ask questions about what to expect from hospice services. Although end-of-life care may be difficult to discuss, it is best for family members to share their wishes long before it becomes a concern. This can greatly reduce stress when the time for hospice is needed.

Do I have to be in a nursing home to receive hospice services?

No, Most patients are able to remain in their homes with their families with the support of the Hospice team.

What services does hospice provide that the nursing home staff is not already providing?

Hospice services provide additional expertise, support, and care for the resident and their family. Additional care is provided in the following ways:

  • Hospice nurses with expertise in end of life care to improve comfort and quality of life
  • Support for the whole person — physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual
  • Trained volunteers to provide companionship and respite for caregivers
  • Complementary therapies such as music and spa treatments
  • Grief and bereavement support during the dying process and for the following 13 months
  • Does the doctor taking care of my loved one remain involved?

    Yes, your physician remains involved as a critical part of the team. Hospice staff develops an individual plan of care for you or your loved ones, making recommendations to the physician for implementation.

    How does hospice work to keep the patient comfortable?

    Many patients may have pain and other serious symptoms as illness progresses. Hospice staff members receive special training to care for all types of physical and emotional symptoms that cause pain, discomfort, and distress. Hospice staff members work with the patient’s physician to ensure that medication, therapies, and procedures are designed to achieve the goals outlined in the patient’s care plan.

    What role does the hospice volunteer serve?

    Hospice volunteers are generally available to provide different types of support to patients and their loved ones including; running errands, preparing light meals, staying with a patient to give family members a break, and lending emotional support and companionship to patients and family members.

    How can I be sure that quality hospice care is provided?

    Beacon of Hope Hospice uses family satisfaction surveys to invite feedback on the performance of our programs, as well as a confidential compliance hotline.

    Compliance hotline: 855-753-4673

    How can I find out more information about hospice care?

    You can call Beacon of Hope Hospice where someone is standing by ready to help you with any questions you may have at this very difficult time.