The Right Time for Hospice
By Sherry Little, Home Hospice of Grayson, Texoma LIVING WELL Magazine
The news is hard to hear. Your physician tells you that your treatments are not working. You have important choices to consider. Your family is deeply concerned. You want to make it easier for everyone, and you still want to accomplish some things that are important to you.
For some, the decision to begin hospice care comes when they seem to be making more frequent trips to the emergency room, with longer stays in the hospital that keep them away from family and friends. For others, treatments are such a physical drain that they can no longer participate in the life they once enjoyed, or even do the simple things that bring joy. Still others are most concerned about the stress and anxiety their family is experiencing, fearing that care is becoming an overwhelming burden on them.
Am I ready for hospice?
You don’t have to be bed-bound, or even homebound, to qualify. Eligibility is determined by your physician, along with our hospice staff, and is based on a prognosis of six months or less (Note: care continues as long as you are eligible to receive services!). One of the primary benefits is helping you control your pain and symptoms so that you can participate in those activities you choose and enjoy.
How will I pay for this specialized care?
Talk with us at Home Hospice. While Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans have a hospice benefit, as a nonprofit organization, our care is available regardless of ability to pay.
What will hospice care do for me and my family?
Home Hospice provides the professional services of physicians, nurses, social workers, aides, chaplains, bereavement professionals and trained volunteers. We also provide your diagnosis-related medications, equipment and supplies. Our services extend to critical issues arising during the final journey through life, whether emotional, psychological, physical, or spiritual. We offer a variety of unique programs, such as Whispers From Home, Bear Hugs, and the Legacy Program. Additionally, Home Hospice provides support, guidance and information to family members as they care for and journey with you through this challenging time, continuing those same services later, as they cope with your loss.
When is the right time to call Home Hospice?
When cure in no longer possible, when you want to live every remaining moment. Call us. We’ll be right there.
You can reach Home Hospice at 903-868-9315 or visit our website at homehospice.org.
You can reach Home Hospice at 940-665-9891 or visit our website at homehospice.org