5 IMPORANT HOSPICE FACTS
DISPELLING 5 COMMON MYTHS
OTHER COMMON MYTHS:
HOSPICE IS A PLACE:
FACT: Hospice care usually takes place in the comfort of an individual's home, but can be provided in any environment in which a person lives, including a nursing home, assisted living facility, or residential care facility.
INDIVIDUALS MUST HAVE A DO-NOT-RESUSCITATE TO BE IN HOSPICE:
FACT: Hospice philosophy honors people where they are at with advanced directives. As a part of care planning the hospice team will offer support and education regarding what directives like CPR and intubation may really mean for a person with a terminal diagnosis. Often, individuals that begin hospice with CPR directives and other wishes for life saving measures will change their wishes as they learn more about the outcomes of such interventions.
HOSPICE IS ONLY FOR PEOPLE WITH CANCER:
FACT: A large number of hospice patients have congestive heart failure, Alzheimer's disease or dementia, Chronic lung disease, or other condition's.
INDIVIDUALS CAN ONLY RECEIVE HOSPICE SERVICES FOR A LIMITED AMOUNT OF TIME:
FACT: The medicare benefits, and most private insurance, pays for hospice care as long as the patient continues to meet the criteria necessary. Patients may come on and off hospice care, and re-enroll in hospice care, as needed.
HOSPICE IS JUST FOR THE PATIENTS:
FACT: Hospice focuses on comfort, dignity, and emotional support. The quality of life for the patient , family members and other caregivers, is the highest priority.
AFTER SIX MONTHS, PATIENTS ARE NOT LONGER ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE HOSPICE CARE:
FACT: According to the medicare hospice program, services may be provided to seriously ill individuals with a life expectancy of six months or less. However, if the person lives beyond the initial six months, he or she can continue receiving hospice care as long as the attending physician recertifies that the patient is seriously ill.
A PHYSICIAN DECIDES WHETHER A PATIENT SHOULD RECEIVE HOSPICE CARE AN WHICH AGENCY SHOULD PROVIDE THAT CARE:
FACT: The role of the physician is to recommend care, whether hospice or traditional curative care. It is the individual's right (or in some cases the right of the person who holds power of attorney) and decision to determine when hospice is appropriate and which program suits his or her needs. Before entering hospice a physician must certify that a patient has been diagnosed with a serious illness and has a possible life expectancy of six months or less.
TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR HOSPICE CARE, AN INDIVIDUAL MUST BE BEDRIDDEN.
FACT: Hospice care is appropriate at the time of the serious illness prognosis, regardless of the person's physical condition. Many hospice patients continue to lead productive and rewarding lives.
ALL HOSPICE PROGRAMS ARE THE SAME.
FACT: All licensed hospice programs must provide certain services, but the range of support services and programs may differ. Some hospice programs are non-profit(Help for Health). Other hospices are for-profit.
HOSPICE ENDS WHEN THE PATIENT DIES.
FACT: All hospice programs are required to provide bereavement services for loved ones for up to one year following the death of the patient. In some cases, bereavement support continues beyond that time frame.
A PERSON NEEDS MEDICARE OR MEDICAID TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD HOSPICE SERVICES.
FACT: Insurance coverage for hospice is available through Medicare and Medicaid, as well as most private insurance plans, HMO's and other contributions, memorial donations, and foundation gifts, Help for Health is still able to provide care to patients who lack sufficient payment options.
In 2008 Help for Health opened a standalone hospice home, built through efforts from dedicated volunteers and community contributions over several years. A county-wide 1% capital tax was passed. The hospice home is an eight bed facility that serves hospice patients 24/7. Help for Health also serve hospice patients in their own homes. We are Medicaid and Medicare certified and accept most private insurances. No one is denied services due to inability to pay.
Your generous donations assist residents of Fremont County through the Tough Enough to Help Cancer Fund. Participates complete an application to receive assistant with non medical expenses of up to $1,000.00.
Help for Health Van transport patients from Shoshoni and Riverton Area to Lander for treatment.
Shoshoni 9:45am Fire Station Parking Lot
Campbell's Corner 10:00am
Riverton 10:15am City Hall Parking Lot
Hudson 10:30am Svilars Parking Lot
Arrive in Lander at approximately 10:45 am at Rocky Mountain Oncology
For reservations call Help for Health answering machine 307-332-9230. Messages are checked morning and evening