What is Hospice?
• Hospice care provides comfort and kindness to those persons nearing the end of life's journey.
• Hospice will help you make decisions about how and where you want to spend the rest of your life.
• Hospice is a special kind of caring.
• Hospice treats you, not the disease. The focus is on care, not cure. You and your family's medical, social, emotional and spiritual needs are addressed by a team of hospice professionals and volunteers.
• Hospice considers your entire family, not just you, as the "unit of care." You and your family are included in the decision making process. Hospice will help you and your family make choices about end-of-life issues and enable you to have greater control over these choices. Bereavement counseling is provided to your family for up to one year after your death.
• Hospice offers supportive care, rather than curative treatment. Hospice will provide care and comfort when cure is no longer an option. Through ever advancing technology, pain and symptom control, hospice will enable you to live as fully and comfortably as possible.
• Hospice emphasizes quality, rather than length of life. Hospice neither hastens nor postpones your death. It affirms life and regards dying as a normal process.
Hospice services include those of Nursing, Medical Social Services, Therapy Services, Chaplain, Home Health/Hospice Aide, Nutritional Counseling, Volunteer Services and Bereavement. All services are provided under the direction of a physician and/or the Hospice Medical Director.
Arrangements will be made for hospice approved medications, medical supplies and equipment, as appropriate.
☼ For non-Medicare/Medicaid patients, these services will be coordinated with your insurance carrier and/or other third party payers.
Tender Care Hospice provides care in the Home, Independent Living, Assisted Living and Long-Term Care Centers. Care is also provided to patients in the hospital on a short-term basis to address authorized medical emergencies. Our purpose is to assist in pain control, symptom management, to provide emotional and spiritual support and to terminally ill persons and those who care for them.
An individual can be admitted into Tender Care Hospice when a physician certifies that the individual is in the end-stages of an illness and life expectancy is approximately 6 months or less. Admission is also based on the choice of the individual and/or their family to have palliative or “comfort only” rather than aggressive and curative treatment.
Many people who are admitted to Tender Care Hospice live beyond the 6-month prognosis. The hospice team will continue to evaluate the patient’s medical condition for appropriateness to hospice care. If you have any questions about this process, please ask. We will ensure that you have all of the services in your home that are needed to provide you with comfort and assistance.
Tender Care Hospice offers many services to patients, caregivers and family members. Physical, emotional and spiritual care is available through the efforts of a team of highly trained professionals known as the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT). The team helps plan and coordinate the patient’s course of care under the direction of the attending Physician and the Hospice Medical Director.