Talking about Hospice can be a difficult conversation to have because it means that the process of curative treatment has done all it can do. Many patients state that they wish Hospice was brought up sooner. While a cure may not be possible, quality of life is with the help of Midland Care Hospice. Patients can enroll in hospice if their life expectancy is 6 months or less, however patients can utilize the hospice benefit in the event that they live longer than expected.
1. Hospice can help keep patients in their home and help avoid hospitalizations.
2. Hospice provides a support team including doctors, nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains, and volunteer.
3. Hospice helps teach caregivers how to care for their loved one during this time.
4. Hospice provides 24 hour support, 365 days a year.
5. Hospice offers support for caregivers and family, including bereavement services for adults and children, chaplains for spiritual needs and volunteers to help with companionship.
6. Medicare, Medicaid, the Department of Veterans Affairs and private insurance typically pay for hospice care. Midland Care also offers support for those with financial restraints.
7. Hospice addresses five types of pain including physical, social, mental, spiritual and financial.
8. Hospice can help anyone with a life-limiting illness, age is not a factor.
9. Hospice provides medication, medical equipment and incontinence supplies.
10. Patients enrolled in hospice care live, on average, 29 days longer than patients not on hospice care and patients report a higher quality of life.
Call Midland Care at 785-232-2044 or visit our Hospice page for more information.