No. “Hospice” is a medical specialty like pediatrics, geriatrics or oncology. Each hospice is a different company. All hospices have the same general philosophy but services differ. Our goal is to provide the finest-quality services to our patients.
Yes. Pain and other symptoms can usually be controlled in the patient’s home. If a symptom (i.e. pain, nausea or vomiting, or difficulty breathing) becomes a problem, the hospice nurse can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There have been great advances in pain and symptom control. Most symptoms can be controlled without the use of injections or intravenous medication. The hospice nurse will assess pain and symptom control at each visit. Hospice medical directors are available to adjust medications.
Yes. Hospice provides intermittent nursing visits to assess, monitor and treat symptoms. Nurses also teach family and caregivers skills needed to care for the patient. Team members are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer questions or visit when support is needed.
Hospice care is provided in a setting that best meets the needs of each patient and family. The most common setting is the patient’s home or the home of a relative. Hospice care also is provided in nursing homes and hospitals according to patient needs. Can I live alone and still receive hospice services? Yes. Delta Hospice of California, Inc. accepts patients who live alone. However, part of the admission and continuing care process is to prepare for the time when the patient’s illness will require 24-hour-a-day care.
Yes. Receiving hospice care always is a choice. A patient may have hospice care and return to curative treatment if that is their choice. If the patient later chooses to return to hospice care, Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies permit reactivation of the benefit.
No. Hospice is about living fully. We encourage patients to do what they enjoy as long as they are able. The hospice team assists patients and families in achieving their goals and dreams.
Yes. Bereavement services continue for family members and caregivers for a year following a patient’s death. Services can include personal visits and group support. Information and referrals to other area resources are available if needed.
Yes. However, any symptoms that normally would require hospitalization or an emergency room visit can be successfully managed at the patient’s home by the hospice team, preventing the stress of hospitalization. Hospice patients generally need only a short hospital stay to stabilize a symptom and then are able to return home.
No. Hospice is about living. Hospice strives to bring quality of life and comfort to a patient and their family. Our successes are in helping a patient and family live fully until the end. Often patients will feel better with good pain and symptom management. Hospice is care and support that differs from any other types of care.
No. Our goal is to alleviate suffering and manage symptoms. Hospice does nothing to speed up or slow down the dying process. Our role is to lend support and allow the disease process to unfold as comfortably as possible.