What is Hospice?
Hospice is a philosophy of care. The hospice philosophy recognizes death as the final stahe of life and seeks to enable patients to continue an alert, pain-free life and to continue an alert, pain-free life and to manage other symptoms so that their last days may be spent with dignity and quality, surrounded by their loved ones.
Hospice affirms life and does not hasten or postpone death. Hospice care treats the person rather than the disease; it focuses on quality rather than length of life. At Guardian Angel Hospice, care is family- cenetred, we involve the patient and the family in the decision making process.
A Team of Professionals:
A Guardian Angel interdisciplinary health care team manages hospice care. This means that many interacting disciplines work together to care for the patient. The team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, home health aids, clergy, therapists, and trained volunteers who will care for you. Each of these people offer support based on their special areas of expertise. Together, they then give you and your loved ones complete palliative care aimed at relieving symptoms and providing social, emotional, and spiritual support.
Pain and Symptom Control:
The goal of pain and symptom control is to help you be comfortable while allowing you to stay in control of and enjoy your life. This means that side effects are managed to make sure that you are as free of pain and symptoms as possible, yet still alert enough to enjoy the people around you and make important decisions.
Admissions Criteria: Specific diseases have unique criteria for admission to Hospice Care, however general requirement for eligibility include:
- No longer seeking curative treatment for the disease.
- Physician statement that the patient has a life- expectancy of six months or less if the disease follows its expected course.
- The patient elects to receive Hospice care.