The doctor tells your loved one (the patient) and you (the caregiver), “You need to call hospice.” What next?
The doctor may give you the name of a specific hospice organization or, perhaps, several. You may choose whichever hospice you wish.
Should you choose to consider Hope Hospice for hospice care, we have two individuals who can meet with you and explain what hospice is and what it is not. Our community liaisons are Sarah and Carl. You can reach Hope Hospice at 314-984-9800 to schedule a visit with Sarah or Carl.
Sarah and Carl are experienced hospice care experts who have worked with numerous patients and families over the years. They have answered hundreds of questions from patients and caregivers. They know that while many patient situations are similar to others, each individual situation has elements that make it unique.
Similarly, while all hospice care organizations have things in common, each has its own characteristics. Hope Hospice is a privately owned, independent hospice. Hope is not part of a large hospital group. Hope is not a part of a national hospice chain. When a Hope Hospice nurse or other professional has a special need for a particular patient, approval from the owner is easy to obtain because the owner is right here in the office in St. Louis County.
We know that even after the doctor has said that it is time for hospice, you may be hesitant to make the call. This is understandable. You may want to wait a day or two to allow the gravity of the situation to register fully.
Rest assured that we have counseled many patients and families about what to expect from hospice. Expectations are frequently quite different from reality.
You may never feel completely comfortable about making the call to hospice. But when the time feels right, please call us at Hope Hospice and let us set up a visit for you with Sarah or Carl. Our number is 314-984-9800.
When a patient is admitted to hospice care, does this mean that the patient and family are giving up hope? No. Going on hospice does require acknowledgement of a diagnosis that indicates a life expectancy of six months or less. But it does not mean giving up hope.
The name of our organization is Hope Hospice. Wikipedia defines hope as “the state which promotes the desire of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life.” The key words in this definition are “positive outcomes.” Making the best of those “events and circumstances” that occur in life is what hospice care is about.
For our patients, our hope (there’s that word again!) is for a better quality of life through pain and symptom management. Going on hospice does not speed up the dying process. In fact, several research projects have shown that—for certain medical conditions—patients on hospice live longer than those who are not on hospice.
How does Hope Hospice provide hope (“positive outcomes”) to patients and families? We offer emotional and spiritual support, which can make the road to the end of life less bumpy. We help patients make the most of every day.
Our nurses and home health aids visit patients in their homes multiple times each week to monitor vital signs, deliver medications and supplies, ask important questions and provide a smile. Yes, a smile.
Because we often hear of celebrities going on hospice care and then dying within a couple of days, some people figure that hospice care is only for those last few days of life. Sadly, caregivers sometimes only call hospice after a patient has suffered pain for a considerable amount of time. Those who are admitted to hospice early in the end-of-life process are assured of less time spent in pain.
Yes, the people of Hope Hospice do provide hope for patients and families. For more information about what we can do for your loved one and your family, please call us at 314-984-9800.