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What is Hospice Care?
The term "Hospice" originated in the Middle Ages and referred to a place for travelers or strangers to stop for solace and refreshment before continuing on their journey. Today, "Hospice care" is more commonly known as providing care for terminally-ill patients and their families.
Focused on caring, instead of curing, Hospice of Health First care neither hastens nor prolongs the dying process, but does provide help and comfort in coping with a life-limiting illness, concentrating on pain control and symptom management so that patients can maximize the quality of their remaining time. In addition to physical health and comfort, Hospice care also focuses on the emotional needs and spiritual well-being for patients and their loved ones.
When is it time for Hospice?
When is it time for Hospice?
Typically, when a physician gives a patient six months or less to live, he or she will advise the patient and his or her closest family member to seek out Hospice assistance. However, there is no exact answer, as every family and patient is unique. Some families wish they had sought out Hospice sooner, as it often takes some of the burden off families, allowing them to spend more quality time with their loved one, who generally experiences less pain while in Hospice care. Patients are evaluated to ensure they meet Medicare guidelines to receive Hospice care, and the following questions are considered to ensure it is the right time to seek assistance from Hospice of Health First :
If your family member is in need of Hospice care and you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, you can contact Hospice of Health First at 321.434.1744 to discuss options for arranging professional Hospice care.
Who Qualifies for Hospice Care?
For admission into Hospice of Health First, the following are required:
Differences between Home Care, Private Duty Nursing, and Hospice Care
There are some basic differences between Home Care, Private Duty Nursing, and Hospice (hyperlinked.) The biggest difference is that Home Care is typically short-term care for transitioning patients from hospital to home. Private Duty Nursing is a longer-term commitment for those needing more consistent, daily care. Hospice provides care for those diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Paying for Hospice Care
Hospice services are covered by Medicaid, Medicare, most private insurance plans, and/or other managed care systems. While some Hospice providers won't admit patients who do not have insurance coverage for Hospice care, Hospice of Health First is a not-for-profit organization and will never turn away anyone who cannot afford to pay.
Medicare Hospice Benefit
There are many advantages to choosing Hospice of Health First to care for your loved one, including the Medicare Hospice benefit.
The following are direct quotes from anonymous family members who have experienced Hospice of Health First services. These statements capture just a few of their experiences:
"Prior to my mother's cancer, we had no real knowledge about Hospice. I cannot thank the wonderful, caring, efficient staff enough."
"The staff at the William Childs Hospice House did an exceptional job of not only helping my wife, but making sure the family was comfortable during this time."
"I couldn't have asked for a better team of caregivers or facility. The staff ensured I was kept apprised of my grandfather's health and condition as well as what to expect next-his passing was peaceful and the encouragement we received... was second to none. Thank you so much."
"I want you to know that I could not have asked for a better support team. They kept me well-informed and helped me through some very difficult moments. The nurses and entire staff were comforting and knowledgeable. I loved our caseworker and hope that when my time comes I am treated with the same dignity that my Mom was."
Hospice of Health First - Cape Canaveral
Hospice of Health First - Melbourne
William Childs Hospice House
Bright Star Center for Grieving Children & Families
Health First Hospice serves all of Brevard County and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patients and families can have peace of mind knowing that when they call Hospice of Health First, a knowledgeable staff member will always answer the phone.
The Hospice patient's plan of care is developed by our Hospice team to meet the unique needs of each patient and their loved ones. On call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, our caring, compassionate staff consists of:
Hospice Medical Director
Registered Nurses (RNs)/ Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs):
Clergy (Hospice Chaplains)