What is Hospice?

What is Hospice?
Hospice provides care for terminally ill patients and their families through death.  This type of medical care allows patients to die with dignity and on their own terms when curative treatment is no longer an option.
Services provided through hospice are physician, nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, spiritual care coordinators and volunteers.  Comfort is the goal of hospice. Focus is on pain and symptom control.  Hospice provides emotional and spiritual support to the patient and their family, friends, caregivers and other loved ones.

Where is Hospice?
Hospice occurs wherever a patient calls home.  This could be a private residence, nursing home, long term care facility or assisted living facility.  The hospice team goes to the patient’s home and provides care there.

When is a Patient Eligible for Hospice?
Hospice care can be provided to patients with a terminal illness.  A physician certifies that the patient has six months or less to live as a result of that terminal illness.
The patient decides when to begin hospice services.  The patient directs the care in partnership with the hospice team.
Hospice services can be stopped by the patient at any time.

Who Provides Hospice Care?
Hospice care is provided by the hospice team.  This team consists of a physician, nurse, certified nursing assistant, social worker, spiritual care coordinator and volunteer.  The patient and their family are a part of the hospice team and are active in directing care.

Who Pays for Hospice?
Hospice is typically a covered service under Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran Administration benefits, commercial insurance such as Aetna, Blue Cross, Kaiser, United Healthcare, Cigna and many others.  Hospice can also be paid for privately or through charitable contributions.

Why Should I Consider Hospice?
Hospice care allows the dying patient to focus on living their remaining days to the fullest with their family, friends and other loved ones.
Hospice care provides the greatest degree of comfort while still allowing the patient to be in charge of their own life and healthcare.
Hospice care deals with the emotional, social and spiritual impact of a terminal illness on the patient as well as family, friends and loved ones.
Hospice provides bereavement support for families and caregivers for 13 months after the death of a loved one.

We are starting 10-week bereavement support groups in Castle Rock and Parker.  The first Castle Rock group will begin on April 3rd and meet weekly on Wednesdays from 6pm-7:30pm in the Legacy Hospice Conference Room (412 Jerry Street, Castle Rock, CO 80104).  The second Castle Rock group will begin on April 4th and meet weekly on Thursdays from 10am-11:30am in the Legacy Hospice Conference Room (412 Jerry Street, Castle Rock, CO 80104).  The Parker group will begin on April 5th and meet weekly on Fridays from 10am-11:30pm at the Parker Senior Center (10675 Longs Way, Parker, CO 80138).  For more questions and information, please contact the Bereavement Coordinator for Legacy Hospice at 303.660.6107.

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