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Caring for Yours
University Hospice, the only not-for-profit hospice in the CSRA, offers comfort, compassion, and dignity to those with life-limiting illness. Hospice is a philosophy of coordinated care for patients and their loved ones. University Hospice is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
Approximately 1.45 million people in the United States are cared for by hospice programs annually. The reasons vary, but those generally identified are simple.
Hospice does not seek to lengthen life nor hasten death, but focuses on the quality of life.
Hospice workers provide the patient and family with information and opportunities to participate in the decision making process. The focus is always on controlling pain, managing symptoms and providing comfort, dignity and quality of life.
The hospice staff assists with all the traditional physical care tasks, such as bathing, managing pain medications and arranging medical equipment and therapies. Also, the staff and volunteers perform simple tasks including assisting with household chores, helping put financial matters in order, talking openly about feelings, arranging transportation to doctor appointments and helping family members cope.
Care for the terminally ill in the home generally provides patients more privacy and control of their environment, such as when to eat, what to eat, when to bathe, when to have company, visits with pets, etc. It is also more convenient for family and friends to visit the patient at home.
University Hospice services are available regardless of a patient's ability to pay and are provided without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin or handicap. Auxillary aids and services will be made available appropriate to individual needs.
What is Hospice?
What is covered under Hospice Care?
If a person has a terminal illness or disease that is no longer responding to aggressive care, they are eligible for hospice care if two physicians can certify to their condition and prognosis. One of these may be the hospice physician.
The physicians will certify that if the disease were to run its normal course, the patient may be expected to die within six months.
This does not mean that the person will definitely die within six months. The course of decline in a patient with a serious illness varies from disease to disease, and even from person to person within the same disease. It simply means that for the foreseeable future, if the illness continues as it usually does, the patient may be expected to pass away.
Hospice covers all services, medications and equipment related to the terminal illness. These include:
- Physician services
- Nursing services
- Home health aides
- Medical equipment and supplies
- Medications for pain relief and symptom management
- Dietary counseling
- Continuous care during crisis periods
- Trained volunteers
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Respite care for the family
- Social work services
- Psychological and spiritual counseling for the individual
- Bereavement services for the family for a year after death