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What is Hospice?

Improving the Quality of Living!

Hospice is a specialized health care service that supports people when their doctor has determined, that due to certain health conditions, the expected time for living is less than 6 months. When this decision is made, hospice caregivers can help determine if the person qualifies for hospice under their Medicare benefit, private insurance, or for those that are in other, more challenging financial situations.  But this does not mean that hospice patients are certain to die during that 6 month period.  Many hospice patients, due to the specialized care, live longer than expected, with some actually improving to no longer need Hospice care.

The focus with hospice care is on improving quality of life while living, while preparing to die with dignity.  Hospice includes a wide range of support services including nursing and aide care, social work support and counseling, and chaplain services for spiritual needs.  Quality of life issues often include helping individuals identify things most important to them and providing support in achieving those goals. Hospice also works to reduce suffering and pain by providing pain management methods when appropriate, as well as other medical management.

If you, a friend, or a family member have reached the time in life where hospice services are needed or being considered, or if you have further questions about what hospice is, we encourage you to give us a call at 580-332-8009

Medicare or Not, Our Services are Available

If you qualify for hospice services and have Medicare, your hospice care will be paid for by Medicare. The Medicare Hospice benefit is wide ranging and covers most needs.

If you do not have Medicare, but qualify for hospice care, we are happy to discuss all available options in being able to provide this beneficial service.

Once you are receiving hospice services and support, our team will re-assess as needed and as required by Medicare, to determine if hospice care continues to be appropriate.

Our Hospice Services Include

Our mission is to improve quality of life and to bring dignity to the dying process. This includes caring for your physical and emotional well-being. Working as a diverse team, with the wishes of our patients and their family members as our primary focus, we provide wide ranging services including:

  • Self-care assistance
  • Pain management practices
  • Spiritual guidance
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement counseling

Our caregivers will create and personalize a care plan that will include multiple services throughout the week. We work closely with family caretakers, doctors, and nursing facilities to monitor the well-being of each of our patients.

We also provide emotional and spiritual support to family members. Our Social Worker and Chaplain have the experience to help all those involved in coping with the challenges that often occur during this time of life.

We are also available 24/7.  Our normal business hours are 9-5, Monday through Friday, but we always have a member of our medical team on call 24 hours a day.  We can always be contacted at 580-332-8009.