Considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care at the end-of-life, hospice care involves a team oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support, tailored to the patient's needs and wishes. Support is extended to the patient's loved ones as well. Area Community Hospice recognizes death as part of life's journey.
Our commitment is to provide compassionate care, so our patient's can end their journey in peace and comfort with dignity while providing support for them and their loved ones.
The focus is caring not curing. The term "Hospice" originates from medieval times when it referred to inns for travelers and later a refuge for the ill. Today, most hospice care takes place in a patient's home, hospital setting, long term care facility or assisted living facility where he or she is surrounded by family and familiar things.
Hospice is a place. Hospice care takes place wherever the need exists - - usually the patient's home. About 80% of Hospice care takes place at home.
Myth # 2
Hospice is only for people with cancer. More than one-fifth of hospice patients nation-wide have diagnoses other than cancer. In urban areas, hospices serve a large number of HIV / AIDS patients. Increasingly, hospices are also serving families coping with the end-stages of chronic diseases, like emphysema, Alzheimer's, cardiovascular, and neuromuscular diseases.
Myth # 3
Hospice is only for old people. Although the majority of hospice patients are older, hospices serve patients of all ages. Many hospices offer clinical staff with expertise in pediatric hospice care.
Myth # 4
Hospice is only for dying people. As a family-centered concept of care, hospice focuses as much on the grieving family as on the dying patient. Most hospices make their grief services available to the community at large, serving schools, churches, and the workplace.
Myth # 5
Hospice can only help when family members are available to provide care. Recognizing that terminally ill people may live alone, or with family members unable to provide care, many hospices coordinate community resources to make home care possible. Or they help to find an alternative location where the patient can safely receive care.
Myth # 6
Hospice is for people who don't need a high level of care. Hospice is serious medicine. Most hospices are Medicare-certified, requiring that they employ experienced medical and nursing personnel with skills in symptom control. Hospices offer state-of-the-art palliative care, using advanced technologies to prevent or alleviate distressing symptoms.
Myth # 7
Hospice is only for people who can accept death. While those affected by terminal illness struggle to come to terms with death, hospices gently help them find their way at their own speed. Many hospices welcome inquiries from families who are unsure about their needs and preferences. Hospice staff are readily available to discuss all options and to facilitate family decisions.
Myth # 8
Hospice care is expensive. Most people who use hospice are over 65 and are entitled to the Medicare Hospice Benefit. This benefit covers virtually all hospice services and requires little, if any, out-of-pocket costs. This means that there are no financial burdens incurred by the family, in sharp contrast to the huge financial expenses at the end of life which are incurred when hospice is not used.
Myth # 9
Hospice is not covered by managed care. While managed care organizations (MCOs) are not required to include hospice coverage, Medicare beneficiaries can use their Medicare hospice benefit anytime, any where they choose. They are not locked into the end-of-life services offered or not offered by the MCOs. On the other hand, those under 65 are confined to the MCO's services, but are likely to gain access to hospice care upon inquiry
Myth # 10
Hospice is for when there is no hope. When death is in sight, there are two options: submit without hope or live life as fully as ever until the end. The gift of hospice is its capacity to help families see how much can be shared at the end of life through personal and spiritual connections often left behind. It is no wonder that many family members can look back upon their hospice experience with gratitude, and with the knowledge that everything possible was done towards a peaceful death.
Area Community Hospice is committed to providing comfort, dignity, and hope through professional teams, which are sensitive, understanding and filled with compassion to provide physical, social, emotional, and spiritual care by enhancing the quality of life in those with life limiting illnesses, one patient at a time.
Area Community Hospice Foundation
4300 Olton Rd.
Plainview, TX. 79072
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We recognize death as a part of life's journey. Our commitment is to provide comfortable care with dignity and respect to individuals and their families.
The Foundation's mission, in collaboration with Area Community Hospice includes:
Further, the Foundation provides a meaningful way for patient's families, friends, and other supporters of the hospice philosophy to honor their loved ones by contributing to the advancement of quality end-of-life care.
An interdisciplinary team of professionals, the patient, the patient's family, and a physician of choice collaborate to create a plan of care. Each plan of care is developed with individual needs in mind. The goal is to provide holistic care: to address the physical, spiritual, social, and financial needs of the patient and family. The team includes nurses, physicians, social workers, home health aides, clergy, bereavement counselors, and volunteers.
When an Area Community Hospice patient dies, we have trained professionals to help the family with the grief process. We provide continued support with regular mailings and bereavement support groups held here in our office. Each year Area Community Hospice Inc., hosts an Annual Memorial Butterfly release. This is a special time that each family we have cared for in the past year is invited to honor the life of their loved one.
This memorial gives families a chance to honor their relationships with their loved ones and celebrate their lives. After the service, each family member is given a Monarch butterfly to release in honor of their loved one.
Throughout the 13 month period, Area Community Hospice bereaved the Scheduled of Groups, Workshops and Events which give information about the extensive bereavement services offered.
Please contact our office at anytime if you need assistance or more information about the services available.