NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS
Our Hospice team consists of more than healthcare workers. We are your local neighbor, friend and family. We believe the best care you can receive is from someone who really understands your situation. That is why our entire team is made up of local individuals who are willing to go beyond their day-to-day duties to make sure you are provided exceptional care.
Our goal is for our individuals and families to understand they have choices about how they want to spend their final months of life; they can die with dignity, with their pain and symptoms controlled in the place they choose. They can receive help and support before, during and after an illness.
What is Hospice?
Hospice exists to provide an alternative to acute care for the terminally ill and their families. The focus is to provide support and care for persons in the last phases of an incurable disease so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible. Hospice affirms life; however, acknowledges death as a normal event.
Do I qualify for Hospice care?
Hospice cares for all ages and all diseases. Our individualized care is beneficial for anyone with any end-stage illness or a combination of chronic conditions, including heart, lung or kidney disease; cancer; dementia/Alzheimer’s disease; and neuromuscular disorders, such as Multiple Sclerosis, ALS and Parkinson’s disease.
Will Hospice cure my illness?
Hospice offers palliative or comfort care rather than curative treatment. We focus on pain and symptom control that enable the patient to live as fully and comfortably as possible.
What does Hospice do?
Hospice treats the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those they serve, supporting patients, families and caregivers with education, training and counseling. Services are provided using a team approach by professionals including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, bereavement counselors, chaplains and volunteers.
How much does Hospice cost?
The costs of care, medicines and equipment needed to control the symptoms of your terminal illness are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and some insurance plans. We welcome all patients in need of Hospice care and provide all possible billing assistance to you. Our staff can help in identifying resources and programs available.
What is covered? Where can I get care?
Hospice provides supplies, medications and equipment needed to maintain quality of life in your home – wherever you call home, including assisted living residences and nursing homes. We are contracted with Fairhaven Community, The Inn at Westbrook and Wyandot County Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Hospice professionals also collaborate with the WMH inpatient staff during hospitalizations to provide the best care possible. The hospital staff ensures our patients’ primary care needs are met, while daily Hospice visits ease symptoms and provide important support. An inpatient Hospice stay is typically brief: days, not weeks, to establish pain and symptom management.
How long can I be on Hospice?
There is not a time limit for Hospice care as long as the patient meets eligibility requirements. Patients and families have the ability to revoke Hospice at any time if a condition or situation changes.
What about my family?
Hospice continues to care for the family even after the death of the patient, providing one-to-one grief counseling, support groups, social opportunities and community workshops.
Can I call Hospice at anytime?
Hospice is always here for you. Help is just a call away, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Am I ready for Hospice?
Choosing Hospice care can be a difficult decision for patients and their families. Often people hesitate to explore the hospice option because they are confused about Hospice services or they believe it is only for the last days of a patient’s life. The most common statement we hear is “we should have called you sooner.” We believe that quality of life can and should be enriched at all stages – and Hospice care makes the most impact on the lives of our patients and their families when it is chosen early.
Hospice Consultations Are Welcome Anytime!
- Home visits by our Hospice nurse practitioner, nurses and aide support
- Spiritual care services for all faiths
- Licensed social worker and certified grief support specialist
- Bereavement Program »
- Specialized care delivered for specific illness, such as heart disease, dementia, COPD and renal disease
- Customized caregiver education, training and guidance
- Home delivery of Hospice-related medications, equipment and supplies
- Respite care through partnerships with area nursing facilities
- Short-term Hospice inpatient care for pain and symptom management
- Veteran care through our We Honor Veterans program
- Complementary therapies, including music, aromatherapy, massage and guided imagery
- Care collaboration with your preferred physician and our Hospice medical director
- Hospice care and admissions 24/7
Hospice offers patients the choice to complete their lives with dignity, purpose and peace. Please contact us with any questions or to make a referral.
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105 Houpt Drive, Upper Sandusky, OH 43351
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