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What if I can't stay at home?

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Feb 21, 2017 2:38:24 PM

What happens if I cannot stay at home due to my increasing care need and require a different place to stay during my final phase of life?

A growing number of hospice programs have their own hospice facilities or have arrangements with freestanding hospice houses, hospitals or inpatient residential centers to care for patients who cannot stay where they usually live. These patients may require a different place to live during this phase of their life when they need extra care. However, care in these settings is not covered under the Medicare or Medicaid Hospice Benefit. It is best to find out, well before hospice may be needed, if insurance or any other payer covers this type of care or if patients/families will be responsible for payment.

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Can I be cared for by hospice somewhere else?

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Jan 30, 2017 2:26:29 PM

Can I be cared for by hospice if I reside in a nursing facility or other type of long-term care facility?

Hospice services can be provided to a terminally ill person wherever they live. This means a patient living in a nursing facility or long-term care facility can receive specialized visits from hospice nurses, home health aides, chaplains, social workers, and volunteers, in addition to other care and services provided by the nursing facility. The hospice and the nursing home will have a written agreement in place in order for the hospice to serve residents of the facility.

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What role does a hospice volunteer serve?

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Jan 24, 2017 10:44:46 AM

What role does the hospice volunteer serve?
Hospice volunteers are generally available to provide different types of support to patients and their loved ones including running errands, preparing light meals, staying with a patient to give family members a break, and lending emotional support and companionship to patients and family members.

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How does hospice keep the patient comfortable?

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Jan 15, 2017 2:54:25 PM

How does the hospice work to keep the patient comfortable?
Many patients may have pain and other serious symptoms as illness progresses. Our Hospice staff receive special training to care for all types of physical and emotional symptoms that cause pain, discomfort and distress. Because keeping the patient comfortable and pain-free is an important part of hospice care, many hospice programs have developed ways to measure how comfortable the patient is during the course of their stay in hospice. Hospice staff works with the patient’s physician to make sure that medication, therapies, and procedures are designed to achieve the goals outlined in the patient’s care plan. The care plan is reviewed frequently to make sure any changes and new goals are in the plan.

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Will I be the only patient served?

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Jan 10, 2017 8:51:09 PM

Will I be the only hospice patient that the hospice staff serves?
Every hospice patient has access to a hospice volunteer, registered nurse, social worker, home health aide, and chaplain (also known as the interdisciplinary team). For each patient and family, the interdisciplinary team writes a care plan with the patient/family that is used to make sure the patient and family receive the care they need from the team. Typically, full-time registered nurses provide care to about a dozen different families. Social workers usually work with about twice the number of patients/families as nurses. If needed, home health aides, who provide personal care to the patient, will visit most frequently.

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A Christmas message from our CEO

By David Walsh on Dec 23, 2016 7:17:55 AM

To our valued staff, volunteers, friends and partners ~~

Another year has swiftly passed and this brings us to the brink of a new year – a year that will bring significant challenges, to which we will, no doubt, rise above. This year has shown that despite the enormity of the challenges facing us as part of the health care reform, we are resilient and will remain so.

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Does morphine make death come sooner?

By David Walsh on Dec 18, 2016 9:04:46 PM

It's commonly known that morphine and related medications are used in palliative and hospice care and we're often asked about their role in the dying process. Morphine and other medications in the morphine family, such as hydromorphone, codeine and fentanyl, are called opioids and may be used to control pain or shortness of breath throughout an illness or at the end of life. A patient's doctor may prescribe morphine if the person is experiencing moderate to severe pain or shortness of breath, which helps maintain a level of comfort up to the time of death.

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When is the right time for hospice?

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Dec 8, 2016 9:48:48 AM

Now is always the best time to learn more about hospice and ask questions about what to expect from hospice services.  Although end-of-life care may be difficult to discuss, it is best for family members to share their wishes long before it becomes a concern.  This can greatly reduce stress when the time for hospice is needed.  By having these discussions in advance, patients are not forced into uncomfortable situations.  Instead, patients can make an educated decision that includes the advice and input of family members and loved ones.

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Quotation on serving others

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Nov 12, 2016 8:35:29 PM

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.  It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.

 

Arthur Ashe

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Hospice of Southwest Ohio Chaplain Tracy Paul Downs receives the Award of Excellence

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Sep 26, 2016 12:30:56 PM

Tracy Paul

The Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice (OCHCH) presented the Award of Excellence in Hospice to Chaplain Tracy Paul Downs for her more than 10 years of service to the patients, family members and staff at Hospice of Southwest Ohio.

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