When is the right time for hospice care?
It is appropriate to discuss all care options, including hospice, at any time during a life-limiting illness. It is the patient’s decision when to discontinue aggressive, curative treatment. Speaking with your attending physician will give you and your family clarity as to the benefits and effects of treatment you may be receiving.
Should I wait for the physician to discuss the possibility of hospice, or should the patient initiate it?
The patient and family should feel free to set an appointment with their physician for this purpose. Be sure to inform the scheduler so the physician will have more time to fully discuss the benefits of continuing curative treatment and possible hospitalization vs hospice and comfort care. The earlier the discussion, the more information is available to both the patient and family enabling you to make the best decision for you. You can also have a hospice representative meet with you to give you specific information on hospice services. This is a no obligation meeting and is meant to inform you of options available.
What if our physician doesn’t know about hospice or is reluctant to discuss it?
You can call Hospice By The Sea at (858) 794-0195 and make an appointment to discuss hospice and how it relates to your personal situation. Registered Nurses and Medical Social Workers are available to inform you about all of the aspects you’ll want to consider when determining the best medical choice for you. Anyone can call to request an evaluation for hospice care – including the patient and family caregiver. You can even arrange to have this meeting at your home.
How does Hospice By The Sea develop a plan of care for each patient?
The plan of care is developed through conversation among the Interdisciplinary team including the patient and family/caregiver. The goals and wishes of the patient and family caregiver determine the plan. The Hospice Interdisciplinary Team meets regularly to discuss the plan and possible changes to the plan. These are discussed with the patient and caregiver for their input and agreement with the plan.
Will the hospice patient need to move into a hospice facility?
Most patients of Hospice by the Sea are cared for in their own homes or wherever they live. Only some patients who need more intensive nursing care for a limited period may need to be moved into a licensed skilled nursing facility.
Is there any special equipment to buy or changes I have to make in my home before hospice care begins?
Hospice By The Sea will assess your needs, recommend any necessary equipment and make arrangements to have it delivered and set up. Medical equipment such as wheelchairs, oxygen and hospital beds are provided by Hospice By The Sea once services have been initiated with a physician’s order.
Can a hospice patient who shows signs of recovery discharge from hospice and resume curative/aggressive care?
Certainly, if the patient’s condition improves, the patient can be discharged from hospice and receive curative treatments including hospitalizations. A patient may return to hospice at a later date.
Do you provide help to the family after the death?
Hospice By The Sea provides continuing contact and support for family and friends for a minimum of 13 months following the death of a loved one. We also provide bereavement groups and support for anyone in the community who has experienced a death of a family member or friend.
Does hospice do anything to make death come sooner?
No, hospices neither speed up nor slow down the dying process. Hospice provides its presence and specialized knowledge during the natural process of dying.
How does hospice “manage” pain?
Hospice nurses and physicians are specifically trained on the best methods for medication administration. They are knowledgable about effective pain medication regimes so that they can