What is Hospice Care?
When Life matters most, Hospice care helps patients and their families make the most of the days that remain. Hospice care allows patients and families to focus on the things that matter the most – time with loved ones, sharing conversations with family and friends.
Hospice is about treating the whole person – mind, body and spirit. It is a plan of care that brings comfort, compassion and closure for the patient and the family. SouthernCare specializes in honoring life and offering comfort and dignity to both the patient and family who are facing a terminal illness.
How Does Hospice Help?
Hospice cares for the person, not the disease. Hospice reaffirms life, focuses on dignity, and brings comfort and quality to the remaining months, weeks, and days. Hospice does not hurry death. Hospice does not prevent death.
Hospice is a team of health professionals caring for the patient, and relieving anxiety for the caregiver/family. Our hospice nurses are skilled in pain and symptom management. Our Hospice support team helps patients and families with personal care, social, emotional and grief issues.
In addition to pain and symptom management Hospice offers guidance through the unknown, connections with needed resources, and friendship and comfort throughout the remaining time, and even after the patient’s death.
Hospice is not a place, but a philosophy of care based on a whole person concept of living and dying. It is a unique health care approach in which the patient and family, not the disease, are the focus.
Who is eligible for Hospice?
Hospice care is for people who have a life expectancy of six months or less, and have chosen to focus on pain and symptom relief over healing treatment.
Diagnoses commonly associated with Hospice care include these and other terminal diseases:
- Heart Disease
- Respiratory Diseases
- Liver/Renal Failure
- Neurologic Diseases
- Stroke or Coma
Eligibility criteria include frequent hospitalizations, progressive weight loss, deteriorating mental abilities, frequent infections, and/or an overall decline in condition.
SouthernCare offers disease-specific care plans for these and other terminal illnesses.