what is hospice?

Hospice is a well-established approach to end-of-life care. At Bon Secours, we believe this hospice can provide emotional support and practical assistance at a time when patients and their families need both the most.

Hospice has many aspects. Some of the most important ones are:

  • Hospice is a philosophy of care. Our goal at Bon Secours is to help patients with life limiting conditions and their families. We believe in attentive, compassionate care that comforts the people we serve and respects their dignity.

  • Hospice is a continuation of care. Too often, hospice is misunderstood and seen as the end of all medical treatment and an abandonment of the patient. That’s not true. In fact, hospice provides care that allows individuals to have control at end of life, to be as comfortable as possible and to be treated with dignity. Hospice does not hasten the end of life. However, it does ensure that patients receive the attention they deserve and the medical support they need as they approach the end of life.

  • Hospice can be appropriate for patients with a variety of conditions, including cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

  • Family members are actively involved in hospice care, planning and decision making.

  • Hospice care can occur in many places, including the patient’s home as well as hospitals and nursing and assisted living facilities.

  • Hospice involves a team of professionals, including doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, religious advisors and volunteers. Typically, patients continue to work with their physicians whom they’ve come to know and trust.

  • Funding for hospice care may come from Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and individuals. The Medicare Hospice Benefit pays for many services related to a life-limiting illness. Covered are medical supplies, equipment, respite care, prescriptions and services provide by nurses, doctors and nursing assistants.

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