what is hospice and what do they do
“My mother received very good care. There was always someone to talk to when needed. Her nurse even called me on her OFF days to see how she was, and even came by the hospital. You have a very good service. Thanks for the great care of my mother!”
“The care that was provided by the hospice team was very excellent and was done with love and special care. They were very friendly and always did their job very well. My husband was very well cared for by everyone.”
“The nurses and caretakers took good care of my mother. God bless you all!”
“The nurse and staff were very professional and personable. The book given out was wonderful in helping in the journey for the family.”
INTRODUCTION TO HOSPICE
Hospice care is a philosophy of care focused on comfort, quality of life, and assisting those nearing the end of life. It is a system of care
HOSPICE CARE SERVICES
Alliance provides care for the mind, body and spirit. We empower our patients and encourage them to share their concerns, thoughts
Palliative Care is a type of care focused on providing comfort and promoting quality of life. It is aimed to alleviate symptoms
Although, the disease happens to the patient. The family as a whole is also affected by a loved one with a terminal illness.
Grief and mourning can be challenging for everyone and knowing when and where to turn for support can help families navigate difficult times.
The Alliance Hospice blog provides news, articles and insights about end-of-life care along with answers to common questions about hospice.
Anyone diagnosed with a limited life expectancy can receive Alliance Hospice care. A physician certifies that the illness is terminal (with a life expectancy of 6 months or less). The physician collaborates with the Alliance Hospice team for appropriate services, tailored to the needs and wishes of the patient. Many patients have cancer, but Alliance Hospice cares for those with many other life-limiting illness, including heart and lung disease, kidney disease, neurological disease, stroke, Alzheimer s and other types of dementia. Family and friends also receive the benefits of hospice care to help them support the patient and adapt to changes in their lives. Alliance Hospice continues supporting families for over one year after the patient s death.
Many people mistakenly believe that hospice patients are bed-bound, critically ill, and unable to continue living life to the fullest. Hospice celebrates life and supports you in achieving your individual needs in this chapter of your life. Contact the Admission Coordinator at Alliance Hospice with any questions you may have about hospice care or eligibility.
After receiving a diagnosis for limited life expectancy, patients must make an important choice about goals for their treatment. When your physician tells you that there is no curative treatment for your illness, the treatment is not helping any longer or you decide that the side effects of treatment are too great, you may consider choosing comfort care as your goal.
Aggressive medical treatment focuses on curing the physical illness. It often requires intensive care in a clinical setting that can diminish quality of life. Hospice care has the focus of comfort, by relieving pain and other symptoms, while continuing to address emotional and spiritual needs of both the patient and family.
Alliance Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death, but relieves pain and physical discomfort so that the patient can experience a more peaceful and satisfying quality. Hospice care is designed to primarily take place in the home. Many families tell us that they waited too long to take full advantage of all the benefits offered by hospice care.