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Hospice Care Options
Committed to ensuring the quality of life and respecting the choices of the patient and family, our team of hospice experts offers a wide variety of specialized services designed to meet the patient’s needs. The team works together to meet the unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each patient and family.
Care for the whole person
- The patient drives their plan of care through personal choices.
- Family and loved ones are taught how to safely care for the patient. They are given support throughout the end-of-life process.
- The nurse case manager is an expert in pain and symptom management. The nurse will institute the plan of care, and continue to assess changing needs.
- Our medical director is available for home visits and consultation with the patient’s physician and nurse.
- A social worker addresses the psychological and emotional needs of the patient and family, assuring access to community resources.
- Chaplains can provide for spiritual needs.
- Home health aides assist with personal care and light housekeeping.
- Trained volunteers provide companionship, friendly visits and support for caregivers.
- A registered dietitian assists with dietary needs.
- Physical, occupational, respiratory, and speech therapy are available when deemed necessary for the patient’s comfort by the team.
- A bereavement counselor provides support for at least thirteen months after a patient’s death.
- SandCastles Grief Support Program for Children and Families. offers open-ended support for children who have experienced the death of a loved one.
Where can we provide care?
The hospice plan of care, successful pain management and family support make it possible for most hospice patients to remain at home where their loved ones can care for them. Families learn basic caregiving skills and techniques from hospice team members who regularly visit the home. When home care is not an option, hospice care provided to patients in:
- Nursing homes
- Assisted living centers
- Adult foster-care homes
- Homes for the aged
- Senior citizen apartments
When a patient requests admission to the hospice program, the hospice staff will contact his or her primary physician to make sure admission is appropriate at the time of the request.
The patient will be asked to sign consent and insurance forms similar to the forms patients sign for hospital admission. An important form specific to hospice says that the patient understands that hospice care is aimed at pain relief and symptom management, not curative treatment. Additional forms outline hospice services being offered, and describe the Medicare hospice benefit.
The nurse case manager will assess the patient’s needs and assist with obtaining any medical equipment that may be necessary for safe and efficient home care. The hospice staff also will develop an individual care plan and set up a schedule for home visits by team members.
Your right to quality hospice care
Henry Ford Hospice is dedicated to providing compassionate care of the highest quality to all of their patients in the community, regardless of ability to pay and without discrimination. Hospice is less expensive than conventional end-of-life care because of the way it is administered. Family, friends and volunteers provide much of the day-to-day care in the patient’s home. Expenses are further held in check because less high-cost technology is used.
In Michigan, hospice is paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, Health Alliance Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan and other commercial and private insurance plans. Insurance coverage rarely provides for the full cost of care. To fill the gap between reimbursements and actual cost of care, Henry Ford Hospice relies on grants and community support for both donations and volunteer staff.