- Because your loved one, even if he or she is bedridden, would prefer to be at home instead of in a hospital.
- Because the top priority of hospice care is patient comfort including relief from pain.
- Because going on hospice does not mean giving up.
- Because hospice focuses on the quality of a patient’s remaining time, instead of continuing treatments to prolong life.
- Because hospice team members guide family members and/or private care personnel on proper caregiving for each individual patient.
- Because hospice patients, on average, live longer than those who are not on hospice. This result has been repeated by numerous studies.
- Because hospice care includes necessary medical equipment such as oxygen, hospital beds, wheelchairs, etc.
- Because spiritual and emotion support is available to the patient and family members.
- Because hospice is fully covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans.
- Because hospice is not just for the last few days of a person’s life.
- Because hospice is not just for cancer patients. While hospice provides care for many cancer patients, people with other life-limiting conditions such as Alzheimer’s, renal failure, congestive heart failure may also be eligible for hospice.
- Because hospice care is delivered with compassion.
For information about hospice care in metro St. Louis, please call Hope Hospice at 314-984-9800.
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Hospice personnel have frequently been referred to as “angels.”
By certain definitions, that’s an accurate term. “A person having qualities generally attributed to an angel, (such) as… kindliness.” “A person who…acts as if sent by God.” “Someone who is very good or kind.” “A person of exemplary conduct or virtue.”
Numerous survivors of hospice patients have written letters to us at Hope Hospice describing our staff members as angels. We are not the only hospice to receive such high praise. Some hospices around the U.S. and the world have even gone so far as to include the word “angel” in their hospice name.
While angels depicted on TV and in movies (such as Clarence in It’s A Wonderful Life and Jonathan Smith on Highway To Heaven) have a direct line to heaven and God, our team members cannot make that claim. But our employees and volunteers have served patients and family members with similar dedication and determination to do things the right way. When circumstances dictate a need, our team members go above and beyond to make sure things are taken care of, in the patient’s best interests.
The country music group Alabama sang a song called Angels Among Us, describing angel-like behavior by fellow humans along the path of life. But the chorus speaks of angels sent from “somewhere up above.” About those angels, they sing: “They come to you and me, in our darkest hours… To show us how to live, to teach us how to give, to guide us with the light of love.”
Our Hope Hospice “angels” are not from somewhere up above. They are all mortal, from here on earth. But the level of compassion and care that’s delivered daily to our patients and their family members is exceptional. And for that we are proud.
For information about hospice care in metro St. Louis, please call us at Hope Hospice at any time at 314-984-9800
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When a doctor tells a family member that an illness is terminal, there may be disagreement among other family members about the next steps to take.
When dad has been told that death is just a few months away, sons and daughters may want dad to go on hospice while mom may want to continue aggressive treatment. (Or those sides of the argument may be reversed.)
Frequently, these disagreements occur because of a lack of familiarity with hospice. The concept is still relatively new, just a few decades old in the U.S. Even those in their 70s and 80s who’ve had friends on hospice may not know the full scope of hospice care and may have fallen prey to hospice misconceptions.
The most important things to know are: Hospice care does not speed up the dying process. Hospice is focused on patient comfort and pain relief. If a patient and/or caregivers want to rescind the decision to accept hospice care, it can be easily done.
It can be hard for any family member to face up to the reality that mom, dad, husband, wife or other family member will soon be gone. When a patient signs on for hospice care, there is an implied acknowledgement that life’s finish line is within view.
Convincing others who are providing input into the decision that your position (either for or against hospice care) is the correct choice can be difficult. A visit with a hospice representative can address most of your concerns and may reveal to all concerned that hospice is the proper choice. Or maybe not, for now.
We at Hope Hospice welcome the opportunity to share our story with all who will listen. If you have any questions about hospice care in St. Louis, call Hope Hospice at 314-984-9800.