How We Care for Your Patients
- We provide all medications, durable medical equipment (DME), and medical supplies related to the illness we are managing
- We provide care 24 hours / 7 days a week
- We never charge our patients or families anything for the services we provide
- We are additional care to what you provide – we do not replace your care or expect your patient relationship to cease – but instead look forward to coordinating care with you
“Hospice works to honor the wishes of those Americans with terminal illness who prefer to die in their own homes and on their own terms.”
What Your Patients Want
- 83% of Americans want to die at home, cared for by loved ones, and supported by in-home care professionals, according to findings of a national survey conducted by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
- 88% of respondents said they would consider using hospice if they or someone they knew were terminally ill
- 98% of respondents whose family had previously been served by hospice said it was a positive experience
Respondents said the most important aspects of a good death were:
- Dying with family members present
- Dying with dignity
- Dying pain free
- Dying with the benefit of spiritual counseling
What Doctors Want
There is a massive gap between what patients expect from life-saving interventions and what doctors think of the same procedures. RadioLab has captured these distinctions well in reporting the 10-year Johns Hopkins Precursors Study, as has a recent Wall Street Journal article, “Why Doctors Die Differently”. In essence, doctors as a group appear to opt out of invasive procedures when choosing for themselves.
RadioLab:download the MP3 file here
Having Difficult Decisions
We know how challenging end-of-life conversations can be, whether with a new patient or someone you have known for decades. We are available to work with you and your nursing staff to discuss approaches to demystify the discussion. We know that as patients and their families become better educated regarding their choices, and better understand the benefits of comfort care, that their decisions change. This recent New York Times article, “Seeking a Beautiful Death” summarizes these insights brilliantly.
The Hospice Philosophy
The hospice philosophy holds that end-of-life care should emphasize quality of life. A nationwide Gallup survey conducted for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization produced five key outcomes:
1. 9 out of 10 adults would prefer to be cared for at home rather than in a hospital or nursing home if diagnosed with a terminal illness. Hospice does provide the option of being cared for at a place the patient calls home: 96% of hospice care is provided in the patient’s home or a place they call home.
2. An overwhelming majority of adults said they would be interested in the comprehensive program of care at home that hospice programs provide. Yet most Americans know little or nothing about their eligibility for or availability of hospice services.
3. When asked to name their greatest fear associated with death, respondents most cited “being a burden to family and friends,” followed by “pain” and “lack of control.” Addressing the whole range of physical and psychological needs of the patient and his or her family in an interdisciplinary way is what makes hospice care so special.
4. 90% of adults believe it is the family’s responsibility to care for the dying. Hospice provides families with the support needed to keep their loved one at home, and can take over fully to give the caretaker short “respite” periods.
5. Most adults believe it would take a year or more to adjust to the death of a loved one. However, only 10% of adults have ever participated in a bereavement program or grief counseling following the death of a loved one. Hospice programs offer one year of grief counseling for the surviving family and friends.
Contact us at referral@HeritageHospicePA.com