What is hospice?
Hospice offers comprehensive, compassionate care for individuals at the end of life, as well as support for families. Hospice offers palliative care that seeks to comfort rather than cure.
Am I choosing to give up when I choose hospice?
Hospice involves acknowledging that most diseases in their advanced form cannot be cured. It does not mean giving up hope. The focus of hope shifts towards helping the patient achieve maximum physical comfort and peace of mind.
Will medications prevent the patient from being able to talk or know what is happening?
Not usually. It is the goal of hospice to allow the patient to be pain free but alert. By continually consulting with the patient, hospices have been very successful in reaching this goal.
Is hospice care only for cancer patients?
No. Hospice care is for all terminally ill patients in the end-stage of any disease, including, but not limited to lung disease (emphysema, fibrosis, COPD, etc.), heart disease, neurological disease (ALS, Alzheimer’s) and AIDS. There is no age restriction. While most patients in Hospice are over 60 years of age, younger adults and children are also served.
When is the right time to contact hospice?
It is important that services begin as soon as a patient qualifies for care. Hospice becomes an appropriate choice when curative treatments are no longer effective. Hospice can provide relief from physical and emotional pain so that the patient can live their remaining days in comfort and dignity.
What if my doctor does not mention hospice?
The patient and family should feel free to discuss hospice care at any time with their physician, other health care professionals, clergy or friends.
Does hospice do anything to make death come sooner?
Hospice neither hastens nor postpones dying. Johnson County Hospice recognizes dying as a natural process and provides its presence and specialized knowledge during the dying process.
Does hospice care end when the patient dies?
Johnson County Hospice provides continued contact and support through a bereavement program for at least a year following the death of a loved one.
For any questions or concerns regarding hospice, please contact Johnson County Hospice at (660) 747-6121.