Hospice care providers do an excellent job at providing high-quality care and comfort in the last months of life. Hospice is far more than a place; it is a brand-new and refreshing approach to care. You can even get hospice care wherever you or your loved one calls home.
Research actually shows that:
- Over half of patients receive hospice care at their homes.
- Another 41.9% of patients receive hospice care in a nursing home or facility.
- Only a small percentage receives inpatient care in a hospital, hospice center, or other settings.
In-Home Hospice Care
Most of the patients nowadays receive hospice care at home. Home hospice allows patients access to the comfort, safety, and ability to be surrounded by their loved ones. The hospice care team assigned to your loved one will make sure that they are always comfortable, and their symptoms are kept under control.
Most day-to-day care will be provided by a caregiver, friend, or family member.
For those patients who are unable to stay home, many hospice programs actually have their own facilities. They may also make prior arrangements with freestanding hospice houses, hospitals, and even inpatient residential centers. Hospice centers allow the patient to get hospice care in a comfortable setting.
Hospice Care in the Hospital
Some hospitals have special hospice units within them. Some will also have hospice teams that visit patients in any nursing unit. Others will also have hospice services provided by an outside agency if they don’t have the means to do it themselves.
Hospice in hospitals can often help relieve any symptoms that are unable to be managed in a nursing home or at home. The goal here is to get all of the symptoms under control so that the patient can go back home and get hospice care there or go to a hospice care facility.