Hospice Services, Hospice Responsibilities
Tina Ketchie, It’s About How You LIVE! Reached out in repose to Hospice Services and Responsibilities. “After working in hospice for over 13 years educating both medical professionals and caregivers, I am happy to try to help you answer the Hospice questions that you have.”
“There are four levels of care all hospices have to offer.
1. Routine home care – care provided in the home, no matter where you call home.
2. General Inpatient (GIP) – around the clock care provided in a hospice home, or licensed hospital or skilled nursing home, where care for
acute situations is required. Once stabilized, the care returns to routine home care.
3. Continuous Care – the same type of acute care as in GIP, but this level of care is for those who do not want to leave their homes, as 80% of
us say we want to die at home. A registered nurse comes into the home and stays around the clock (shift work), until the patient’s condition is
stabilized. Then the care returns to routine home care visits.
4. Respite – this care is offered to give the caregiver a break. The patient can go to a hospice home, or licensed hospital or skilled nursing
home, for up to five days so the caregiver can have a break.”
“What services do they provide family members and end of Life participants?”
“Hospice care offers a holistic approach where the focus is on both the family and the patient. The care is provided by doctors, nurses, social
workers, chaplains, volunteers for companionship or transportation, complementary therapies such as music and art therapy, as well as massage therapy. After the loss, families can go to grief counseling free of charge, both in one on one sessions or in grief support groups. Many hospices also assist the community with advance care planning, often free of charge.”
“What are the responsibilities of Hospice?”
“Hospices provide pain and symptom management for patients who have a prognosis of six months or less to end of life. Studies show that, on average, patients in hospice care live 29 days longer than patients not in hospice care, and I believe that has to do with the pain and symptom management they receive. If the patient improves to the point where the doctor can no longer estimate a six month or less prognosis to end of life, the patient is discharged from hospice and can be re-enrolled down the road when they need hospice care again.”
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