What is Hospice?

Hospice is an interdisciplinary program of health care used when medical treatments are no longer useful for a patient. Its primary motive is to give them the best quality of life on their remaining days; this is done through physical, emotional, and spiritual comfort.

Compassionate Care is composed of a diverse group of professionals that are able to provide support and comfort care in various ways.

Who pays for Hospice Care?

Hospice care is financially covered by Medicare, Medicaid, the Veteran’s Health Administration, and most private insurers. If a patient does not have coverage, Compassionate Care Hospice will work with the patient and their family to ensure that they receive the much-needed support.

Who is eligible for Hospice Care?

Anyone with a life-threatening illness and a life expectancy of six (6) months or less, following the normal cause of the disease. A patient may opt for comfort care instead of a curative or aggressive treatment.

Hospice Eligibility Requirements:

  • A patient diagnosed with a life-limiting condition, with a life expectancy of six months or less if their disease runs its normal course.
  • Frequent hospitalizations in the past six (6) months.
  • Progressive weight loss, taking into consideration edema weight.
  • Increasing weakness, fatigue, and somnolence.
  • A change in mental and functional abilities.
  • Conceded activities of daily living (ADLs), such as eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring/walking, and continence.
  • Dwindling mental abilities
  • Recurrent infections
  • Skin breakdown
  • Specific decline in condition.
Medical Director

Our medical directors work to connect our patients with the right care team. They help tailor each patient’s program to meet their specific needs—from medical professionals to therapeutic services and companionship, they find the best fit for each patient and loved one’s situation.

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Attending Physician

The medical doctor responsible for the overall medical care of the patient. They supervise the medical team assigned to patients, which include the nurses and aids.

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Registered Nurse

They provide physical, direct care for a patient as well as providing comfort and quality of their remaining days. They are tasked to assess a patient’s situation, as well as detect changes in symptoms, health or pain. The registered nurses are trained to recognize when further action is needed to treat the patient.

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Social Worker

Social workers help in advocating each patient’s end-of-life wishes and help them address the emotional aspects of late-stage illnesses. They can provide counsel, psychosocial education, and mediation. They are also tasked to assist families in identifying other available local services and resources for additional support.

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Certified Home Health Aide

They care for seniors/elders who are in need of assistance, depending on a particular job; these include helping clients with personal hygiene tasks, checking vital signs, light housekeeping, and arranging for transportation.

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A chaplain is a religious cleric who offers spiritual support to our clients. They are a resource for providing sensitive, supportive care to patients and their families through an encouraging, religious coping process.

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Care volunteers are trained people who aim to provide feelings of normality for patients and their families. They offer companionship that likely results in a connection with patients; this provides the hospice care team with valuable insights that they can use to ensure compassionate care.

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