Hospice Care

 Hospice Care - Coming Soon to Lake Regional!

In a nationwide Gallup survey conducted by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, 9 out of 10 adults indicated they would prefer to be cared for at home if they had life-limiting diagnoses. When asked to identify their greatest fear associated with death, respondents offered, “being a burden to family and friends,” followed by “pain” and “lack of control.” To find out if hospice might be right for you or your family, contact Lake Regional Hospice at 573-302-2860.


What is Hospice Care?

Hospice is a type of care that focuses on living as fully as possible, surrounded by family and friends, until the end of life. Hospice provides patients physical, emotional and spiritual comfort and quality of life during their remaining life, whether they are at home, in an assisted-living or long-term care facility or in the hospital.

What makes hospice care special?

As many as 90 percent of adults believe it is the family’s responsibility to care for the dying. Hospice is available and can provide care to alleviate these fears. 

Hospice addresses the whole range of physical and emotional needs of the patient and family by providing a hospice team that is made up of doctors, nurses, aides, social workers, chaplains and physical and speech therapists. Hospice also provides bereavement/grief support for an entire year for the surviving family and friends. 

When is the right time to enroll in hospice?

Learning about and discussing hospice any time during a life-limiting illness is appropriate. Too often referrals for hospice are not made until the patient has uncontrolled symptoms or is near death. While hospice will provide care at these times, patients and families benefit more when hospice services are referred earlier.

Enrolling is hospice does not mean giving up hope or all treatment. Hopes may shift and change and the hospice team will be there to support patients and families with these changes while managing their symptoms. Studies have shown that people have improved quality of life and actually live longer in hospice care because many symptoms such as pain are better controlled. Other symptoms that that might require a hospitalization or an emergency room visit can be managed in the patient’s home by the experienced, hospice team members.

Who is Eligible? 

Lake Regional Hospice will offer support and care for patients with a physician-certified life expectancy of approximately six months or less. These individuals are no longer receiving treatment to cure their illness; they are receiving treatment to control symptoms, including pain.

Hospice eligibility requirements should not be confused with the length of service. A patient in the final phase of life may receive hospice care for as long as necessary when a physician certifies that he or she continues to meet eligibility requirements.Under the Medicare Hospice Benefit, two 90-day periods of care (a total of six months) are followed by an unlimited number of 60-day periods.

Volunteer

Are you looking for meaningful volunteer work that makes a difference? Consider becoming a hospice volunteer.

The goal of hospice is to provide the highest quality of life possible while managing symptoms including pain, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Volunteers help patients by assisting with a variety of tasks, such as providing companionship, running errands, assisting with meals, providing respite for caregivers, assisting with life review and checking in periodically with the patient and family in their home. 

Volunteers will receive training and work with a team of medical professionals to provide compassionate, end of life care to people in our community. Join our team. Call Terri Hall at 573-348-8153 for more information.