"You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die." Dame Cicely Saunders, Founder of the first modern-day hospice in London, England.
Home Health United Hospice believes in Dame Saunder's philosophy and is dedicated to helping individuals live their last days pain controlled, symptoms managed and surrounded by the individuals and things they love. To that end, HHU Hospice takes a holistic approach to care utilizing a Hospice Team and involving the patient, the patients family and friends.
How is one admitted to hospice care?
Patients are referred to hospice by their physician once it is determined a patient has a life expectancy of approximately six months or less. At this point curative treatments must be stopped.
What is the hospice team?
Once a patient is admitted to Hospice the Hospice Team, consisting of medical professionals, therapists, caregivers, counselors, social workers and volunteers, work with a patient's primary physician, the patient and the patient's family to develop the individualized plan of care. Team members will be present to help support and encourage, to counsel and speak openly about feelings of dying, loss and grieving.
Members of the Team help arrange for the medication, equipment, and supplies needed for pain relief and symptom management. We'll further help patients control pain through imagery and relaxation techniques. We arrange for respite care, assistance with getting financial matters in order, short-term acute inpatient stays, care if you need a caregiver, companionship and funeral arrangements.
Our Bereavement program offers counseling before death and for up to 13 months following the death of a loved one.
How do patients pay for hospice care?
Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans. Home Health United Hospice will assist with checking out coverage.
Hospice care does not prolong life or hasten death - it does seek to improve the quality of the last days of life by offering comfort and dignity.
As Joseph Fort Nelson said; "We can do anything for just one day. So just for today, let us be unafraid of life, unafraid of death which is the shadow of life; unafraid to be happy, to enjoy the beautiful, to believe the best."
Home Health United Hospice will help you --one day at a time.