Helping Hands and Hearts Hospice
|Q - Who is Helping Hands
and Hearts Hospice?
A - Established in 2002, Helping Hands and Hearts Hospice is a program which provides medical and emotional support for the terminal patient and his/her family in Brazoria County. We have a thrift shop to help support the care of patients in the county, as well as helping our neighbors in need.
Q - Where is hospice?
A - The home of the patient or his family is the primary place for hospice care. If the patient experiences a crisis in pain or symptom management, he/she may be hospitalized for brief periods of time. Helping Hands and Hearts Hospice has an arrangement with a hospital to provide inpatient hospice care.
Q - What is hospice?
A - Hospice as a strictly clinical designation means the patient has been given 6 months (or less) to live.
However, beyond purely clinical terms, none of us can predict the inevitability of any future outcome. Therefore, we place a special focus on the power of choice and the preservation of life and the quality of life in every possible way.
Hospice care s designed to be palliative - this means that its chief objective is to alleviate pain and provide comfort and serenity at the end of life.
Every life is unique and special; the end of life can be a time of profound awareness and contentment, or a time of intense fear and sadness. Sometimes it is a combination of both.
The job of any hospice provider is to prepare and nurture the patient with ultimate love and dedication at this crucial time.
The actual care, involves a a robust and interdisiiplinary approach, including the promise of confidential comfort, care compassion and counseling.
You see, Hospice is not "a place," but a philosophy of care.
This care may be provided in several different settings, depending upon the will of the patient:
The "Heart" of Hospice Care
At its very core, Hospice is about respecting a person's right of self determination. Every individual has a right to choose how they would like to spend the last chapter of their life.
The fole of the Hospice provider is to help honor that choice by providing the requisite care to both the patient and the family, including:
Post-Life Care and Services
Everyone experiences the loss of a loved one differently. Grieving is a process that can take time, and it is the job of the Hospice provider to navigate these vicissitudes together with the family.
The first step of the healing process is adjusting to the new reality. A good Hospice provider will have a specialized "Bereavement Program" which places emphasis on proving comfort and guidance during this challenging time.
In some instances, counseling begins prior to the end of life and while the hospice patient still has the ability to participate. Other times, the grievng family simply needs a shoulder to cry on and help with saying a proper goodbye. In many instances, families requre help with resolving unfinished business and conflicting emotions.
First and foremost, the hospice provider should offer trained and sympathetic listeners.
There are at least several factors that can influence a person's response to bereavement:
In the final analysis, it is always important to remember that hospice care starts before death but doesn't end with death.
Instead, families need the emotional support to cope with grief in order to properly heal.
Q - Which doctor will take care of the patient?
A - The referring physician may choose to maintain control of the care of the patient. This is the most common arrangement. If the patient is to be admitted to the inpatient unit of the hospital and the referring physician does not have admitting privileges there, the medical director will take responsibility for the inpatient care and return the patient to his doctor on discharge from the hospital.
Q - What is the hospice team?
A - A team made up of representatives from a variety of disciplines provides hospice care. These include:
Q - Who is eligible for hospice care?
A - To be admitted to the hospice program, a patient must meet the following criteria:
Q - When should a patient be referred to hospice?
A - When the patient has six months or less to live, all attempts to cure have been abandoned and the patient/family has been told of the prognosis, then the patient should be referred to hospice.
It is best not to wait until death is imminent since the team will not have time to establish rapport or intervene effectively. It takes several visits for the family to get to know the staff and trust their advice and counseling.
It is not necessary for the patient/family to be accepting of the prognosis for referral to hospice to be made. Frequently denial and anger are appropriate coping mechanisms for persons dealing with such stress. The hospice team will respect the wishes of the patient/family in how they view the illness.
Q - What is the admission procedure?
A - Anyone may make the initial request for service by calling 979-297-3775. The patient, a family member or physician may make contact. The admissions RN will record the vital information and contact the patient's physician for orders and permission to admit the patient to the hospice program.
An initial visit is usually made within twenty four hours of the referral. At that time, the patient's condition and needs are assessed. The RN will explain services, discuss how other team members will be visiting and answer any questions.
Q - Who Pays for Hospice care?
A - Medicare, Medicaid and some private insurance pay for the care given by the hospice team. If a patient does not have any payment source, he/she may pay all or part of the bill, personally. No one is denied service because of an inability to pay.
Q - How can I help?
A - There are many ways to help Helping Hands and Hearts Hospice.
In order to carry out this difficult task, we need your help in all these ways. Providing quality physical and emotional assistance to the terminally ill is our mission.
Page Last Updated: 06-Jan-2016