I recently sent this information out to the families of our residents at Vista Gardens Memory Care. I hope it is helpful to you as well.
I wanted to send all of you a better explanation of Hospice than is given sometimes. Often when hospice is being explained to you by health care professionals they may rush or do not explain a facilities role with hospice.
Here are a few points:
1. Under Hospice care while at a facility, you will not longer be charged for the full incontinency charge, it will be cut in half because they are now providing the supplies.
2. Hospice agencies should cover MOST of your medications
3. Hospice agency can give you a private bathing aid up to three days per week. It depends on the agency. We ask for three and most do offer three days.
4. Hospice can give you a new bed that is a hospital grade bed for mobility and to prevent pressure sores.
5. Hospice can also give you a new wheel chair covered by the hospice benefit.
6. Hospice will send their RN case manager as often as you feel it is needed. A care plan with them and us can indicate that timing if needed.
7. You are FREE to use all of our doctors, even if you had an HMO prior to hospice. Our doctors can see your loved one. If for example, you had Kaiser, you now can use our in house Doctor.
8. You may waive any extraordinary measures, such as an ER or hospital visit and call hospice to come out and assess the resident.
9. You may also use antibiotics and other medications while on hospice including vitamins. It is entirely up to the family
10. After you sign your family member up for hospice, you are really are in charge of their care; for example, if you want vitamins, then they will give them, if you don’t then they won’t.
11. Hospice does not mean that your loved one will pass away in six months or less, many times they improve and last for years on multiple hospice rounds.
12. You can change hospice agencies if you are ever not satisfied – most facilities, including Vista Gardens have a list.
13. We are still providing care and supervision, although all the care is directed by Hospice with you.
For example, we still provide custodial care such as incontinence care, however, hospice lets us know if a special cream is needed and they would order it.
I hope all of this helps you out. If you have any questions, let me know.
Dr. Jacqueline Dupont