It is always a good time to learn more about hospice and ask questions about what to expect from hospice services. In the article “Frequently Asked Questions About Hospice Care“, by Hospice Care Corporation, they have put together a hospice care FAQ that is comprehensive to common questions about hospice.
Every hospice patient has access to a hospice volunteer, registered nurse, social worker, home health aide, and chaplain. Keeping the patient comfortable and pain-free is an important part of hospice care, many hospice programs have developed ways to measure how comfortable the patient is during the course of their stay in hospice.
This means a patient living in a nursing facility or long-term care facility can receive specialized visits from hospice nurses, home health aides, chaplains, social workers, and volunteers, in addition to other care and services provided by the nursing facility. Short term patient care is available at the Hospice Care Regional Inpatient Center for patients who cannot stay where they usually live.
To help hospice programs in making sure they give quality care and service, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has developed recommended standards entitled ‘Standards of Practice for Hospice Programs’ as one way of ensuring quality. These reviews consider the customary practices of the hospice, such as policies and procedures, medical records, personal records, evaluation studies, and in many cases also include visits to patients and families currently under care of that hospice program.
We’re grateful to hospice care for helping our loved ones near the end of their life. AFN has put together a directory to help you find a hospice in your area.