Types of Hospice Care – Choosing the Services Best for You
The word hospice occurs frequently all over the Internet, but it’s not always explained. A hospice provides medical services and emotional support to persons in the last stages of a serious illness. The goal is to keep everyone comfortable and to reach a good quality of life.
Even though hospice care focuses on late stages of incurable conditions, choosing hospice care in no way means giving up on life. It is a type of care focused on quality of life. Hospice care is intended to keep a person as comfortable, alert, and functional as possible.
Choosing the best hospice care facility for you
A hospice program can offer services in the home, in a nursing home, hospital, or long-term care facility. There are also hospice centers, where the patients can live.
Many hospice programs offer respite care, which means helping caregivers get a much-needed break. This is often in the form of volunteers that can come over for a few hours a week. Some hospices also provide respite care for several days, for caregivers who need to attend a special event or just need a longer break.
Services generally include:
- Medical care with a focus on symptom and pain control
- Access to care around the clock every day
- Medical supplies and equipment
- Guidance and counseling to help the person in care as well as the family
- A break for regular caregivers who need to rest
Hospice teams often include medical specialists, social workers, nurses, and spiritual advisers. The teams can also contain pharmacists, musical therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, and more.
Medical transportation services to hospice facilities
We see many cases where someone wants to travel to hospice to be closer to the family. With over 30 years’ experience of non-emergency long distance medical transport, we are well equipped to help with transports state to state or across the country. If you need help, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-311-3412. We are here for you!