There a many myths out there about what hospice is, who it’s for, and who pays for it. And even for those who think they have a good grasp of hospice, there are countless elements of hospice that are just plain misunderstood. At State of the Heart, we want to shed light on the truth. You see, the truth is that hospice isn’t about dying. Much to the contrary, we believe hospice is about living. We strive not just to provide nursing and social services, but we seek to bring each and every patient and family comfort, peace, joy and support. We do all this with the aim of providing you with more moments, more memories, more living.
Hospice gives you comfort. Hospices are experts at managing life- limiting illness. The hospice team ensures that medication, therapies and treatments all support a care plan that is centered on the patient’s goals. And hospice services can be offered wherever the patient calls home, allowing friends and family to visit freely—something they might not be able to do in a hospital ICU setting.
Hospice gives you peace. Beyond physical relief, hospice strives to help patients and families find emotional and spiritual comfort during what is often a very traumatic time. Hospice organizations are able to provide families with counselors, therapists, spiritual care advisors and bereavement professionals who can best support their struggles with death and grieving. These services are part of the hospice benefit, covered by Medicare, Medicaid or most private insurances.
Hospice gives you something extra. Hospice is not only about compassionate medical care and control of pain. Art and music therapists inspire joy; pet therapy and massages are offered at many programs as well.
Hospice gives caregivers guidance. Most families are not prepared to face the death of a loved one. In addition to caring for patients, hospice also offers services for families and loved ones that provide emotional support and advice to help family members become confident caregivers and adjust to the future with grief support for up to a year.
Hospice gives you more. Be it more joy, more love, or more quality of life in general, the goal of hospice is to offer patients the ability to enjoy the time they have remaining, and create meaningful memories for their families. Hospice offers more moments of life.
If you’re ready to find out how State of the Heart can give you more, call us at 800-417-7535.
It’s not about how you die, it’s about how you live.