The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization voices their concern over the short lengths of service provided to hospice patients. NHPCO recommends that physicians, patients, and loved-ones discuss their end-of-life options before a crisis occurs-before it’s too late. Early referrals to hospice assure that pain and symptom management begin immediately and reduces unnecessary hospitalizations.
Anyone diagnosed with a life-limiting illness who is ready to forgo curative treatment can qualify for hospice services. These services are provided in the patient’s home and also provide support and education to the family/caregivers. This allows for more quality time to be spent with those we love. Both medications and medical equipment are also provided to the hospice patient-covered 100% by insurance. Access to services are available 24-7: support, spiritual, volunteer, and bereavement counseling for up to 13 months after a patient has passed.
Not only do patients experience a better quality of life, they actually sometime live longer than they would with conventional care. Once patients and their families experience hospice, they often say they wish they’d known about it sooner. Anyone can make a referral to hospice, CompassionCare responds within 30 minutes after receiving one. Our Admission Nurse Specialists are available to meet with patients and their loved-ones to discuss services in detail and provide an assessment for eligibility. If you’re faced with end-of-life care decisions, you don’t have to go at it alone, we are here for you. Don’t wait until a crisis occurs, call us today. 702-636-0200.