Hospice care includes an interdisciplinary care team
along with medications, equipment (such as wheelchairs, hospital bed, oxygen), supplies, and materials related to the hospice illness needed to address or prevent symptoms or discomfort.
The information, expertise, support, and resources our care team
provides ensures the highest quality of life possible. It is meant to allow someone to live as fully and comfortably as possible every day. As a patient of High Peaks Hospice, you have options. We have many patients that continue to travel, visit their loved ones and take day trips and weekend get-a-ways.
Our care focuses not only on the person who is living with a terminal illness, but also on their family – however they define it.
Hospice care is not about dying, it’s about how you live – in comfort and with dignity. Patients are encouraged to articulate their preferences while participating in choices about their own care.
Once on service you will receive in-home visits from our Nurses and LPN’s; medications, equipment and supplies related to the hospice illness; emotional and practical support from our social workers (who can help with so much); spiritual support from our nondenominational chaplain; and support and company from a volunteer for tasks that become more difficult as the disease progresses. Lastly, you will have 24/7 access to contact us for questions or emergent visits.
Individuals on care and their families can opt to wait to utilize some of the available hospice services until they feel they would benefit them. The care team will make suggestions as to what can lead to the best comfort and care as time progresses. With hospice, it is all about filling your needs and wishes and keeping you comfortable how and where you want to be.
With our emphasis on pain control and symptom management, patients are given comfort so they may enjoy the time they have with those they love. Loved ones, in turn, will be supported and taught how to best care for their loved one now and looking ahead into the future.
Where is care provided?
Whenever possible, care is given in the location where the patient feels most comfortable, most often in the familiar surroundings of their home. Hospice care may additionally be provided in the home of a loved one, assisted living facility, skilled nursing facility, or even a hospital.
When should you reach out for Hospice Services?
Soon after a terminal diagnosis of six months or less is the optimal time to enter hospice. In general, if treatment no longer works or is no longer desired, or a significant decline in status has occurred, you should call our hospice office to discuss the options available to you.
There is no need to wait until a crisis occurs. Unfortunately, many patients wait until the very end before calling hospice and miss out on the comfort and peace of mind that hospice can provide. It is never too early to contact us, we are here to help patients to LIVE their best life at the end of life. A common statement that we receive on our Patient Satisfaction Surveys is, “We wish we had called sooner.”
Even without a prognosis, there are some common signs it is time to call for a hospice evaluation.
- Frequent hospitalizations
- Increased weakness
- The decrease in ability to function
- Progressive unintentional weight loss/gain
- Increased oxygen dependency
- Dementia with the inability to communicate
- A preference to stop curative treatments that are either ineffective or causing discomfort.
- Trouble swallowing
- Desire to focus on comfort care
We believe that when it comes to your health, it is your choice. Our team, along with the patient and their loved ones will create a plan of care to address the physical, emotional, spiritual and practical needs based on your choices. Our staff can answer questions and help you to understand the process as well as offering options for care that you may not have considered. Patient and family wishes and choices are taken into consideration at all times.
High Peaks Hospice provides specialized care that meets the needs and desires of people living with a terminal illness and those who care for them.