What is Hospice?
Hospice is healthcare that is provided to patients with a life limiting terminal illness. The goal of hospice is to ensure comfort and to maintain dignity during the time of passing.
Where is hospice care provided?
Hospice care most frequently is provided in a patient’s home, but can also take place in a hospital, assisted living or nursing home depending on a patient’s needs.
Who provides hospice care?
The Nightingale’s hospice team is made up of doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, hospice aides and volunteers who are trained in end-of-life care. Our team develops an individualized plan that meets a patient’s physical needs but also attends to the emotional
needs of the patient and family members.
Who pays for hospice?
Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal, and most private insurance. For eligible patients, there are no out-of-pocket expenses.
When is the time for hospice?
Your physician is best able to to discuss with you when to make the transition from trying to cure an illness to providing comfort care by managing pain and symptoms. We know it can be difficult to talk with your loved one or other family members about end-of-life care, but choosing hospice does not mean you are abandoning your loved one. This transition to hospice care can allow your family to more compassionately enjoy important time together.
What other Services are part of hospice care?
The Nightingale’s team works with patients and families to provide emotional and spiritual support surrounding end-of-life concerns. We also support families dealing with loss and grief after the passing of a loved one.