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What is Hospice?
Who can receive Hospice care?
- The patient’s physician feels the patient will live six months or less if the disease follows its normal course.
- Aggressive treatments are not effective or providing relief to the patient, or not desired by the patient.
- The patient, family, and physician all understand that the focus of Hospice care is comfort—pain control and symptom management—rather than cure.
How does someone become a Hospice patient? Making a referral to Hospice of the Piedmont is simple—just call us at 336.889-8446. Anyone can request information about our services without obligation. Our Hospice team is always available to help you or your physician determine if hospice care is right for you.
What services does Hospice of the Piedmont provide?
- Registered nurses provide nursing care and emergency visits as needed.
- Medical social workers offer emotional support, help assess needs, coordinate resources, and address financial concerns.
- Nursing aides provide assistance with personal care.
- Chaplaincy services offer spiritual support, if requested.
- Trained patient/family volunteers provide added support and friendship, if requested.
- Bereavement care is available to families and anyone in the community following the loss of a loved one through our Grief Counseling Center.
- Children’s services provided by our Kids Path program help young people cope with a terminal illness or loss.
For each patient and family, the interdisciplinary team develops a care plan that spells out the goals of care and just what care is needed, including the frequency of visits. Hospice team members also support caregivers and help them learn how to confidently care for the patient, knowing that expert help and advice is just a phone call away 24 hours a day.
In addition, Hospice pays for all durable medical equipment, medications, and supplies related to the terminal illness.
When is the right time for Hospice care?
- Repeated hospitalizations or trips to the emergency room.
- Failure to “bounce back” after medical setbacks.
- Increasing assistance needed for walking, eating, bathing, dressing, or toileting.
- An increase in pain, nausea, breathing problems, or other distressing symptoms.
- Caregiver “burnout” and isolation or need for support.
Hospice care enables patients to live fully, with comfort and dignity, to the end of life. More often than not, families say they wish they’d contacted Hospice sooner, so please feel free to call with questions at any time.
It’s a common misconception that Hospice care is only for the last days of life, when, in fact, patients and families can benefit most from care for three or more months. Earlier care allows time to experience the full range of Hospice services and focus on enhancing quality of life.