If your Doctor has certified that life expectancy is six months or less or until disease takes its natural course, you may be eligible for hospice. You are also permitted to change your mind and decide to return to curative treatment if you feel that it is a right decision for you or your loved one. You may also enter the hospital for certain types of treatment, as long as the intervention is not related to your hospice diagnosis, and if the treatment involves improving your quality of life.
Hospice care is most often in patients’ homes, long-term care facilities and nursing homes. We provide hospice services in the patient’s homes, hospitals, long-term care settings, residential facilities as well as in the assisted living communities wherever the patient considers his or her home. The aim is to support patients and manage their care in the setting they consider home.
Providing around-the-clock hospice care at home is known as “continuous care.” If the patient requires continuous care hospice, team members will work in shifts to help patients remain at home through a difficult time, rather than be admitted to a hospital. This intensive level of care is appropriate when a patient is having acute symptoms that can’t be managed entirely by the primary caregiver.
Caring for your loved one can be overwhelming. In-home respite care is temporary care provided in the person’s home. This allows the family and patient to be comfortable and saves them from having to adjust to a new environment.
Caregiver situations where respite care is considered necessary may include: