Hospice Care

Hospice Care 150 150 Tony Guo

Hospice Care

  • Concept of care that provides compassion, concern, and support for persons in the last phases of a terminal disease
    • Live fully
    • Live comfortably
    • Die pain-free and with dignity
  • Palliative care allows for curative and palliative treatment simultaneously
  • Hospice care is provided when curative care is forgone
    • Requires physician certification that life expectancy is 6 months or less
  • Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
  • Provided by medically supervised professional teams and volunteers
  • Hospice nurses are pivotal
    • Pain control, symptom management, spiritual assessment, assessment and management of family needs
  • Potential barriers to care in vulnerable populations
    • Veterans
    • Homeless
    • Impoverished
    • Disabled
    • Institutionalized
  • Admission has two criteria:
    • Patient must desire services
    • Patient must be eligible for services

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.