Myths About Hospice Care

As life ends, it also begins. We accept dying as a natural part of the circle of life. We acknowledge that it creates a new beginning for family and friends. So when the search for a cure turns to the need for comfort care, Genesis Hospice can help by providing medical care, comfort, dignity and peace of mind for people with life-limiting illness. By providing counseling, emotional and spiritual support to family members, Genesis Hospice will help make the most of life during and beyond a loved one’s final days.

Coping with a terminal illness is a difficult experience both for the dying person and for his or her loved ones. When facing tough decisions on end-of-life care, it is critical to have the right information at the right time: to help your patients and their caregivers understand more about hospice care and the benefits for which they are eligible.

The philosophy of Genesis Hospice holds that end-of-life care should emphasize quality of life. Hospice is about the living that goes on during the time between the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness and death. The goal is to treat the whole person, not the disease. It involves a team-oriented approach that extends to family and caregivers, as well as the patient.The hospice team consists of: patient and family; personal physician; hospice medical director; registered nurses; hospice aides; social workers; clergy; volunteer coordinator; bereavement coordinator and volunteers.

Genesis Hospice is working to overcome these myths about hospice:

Myth #1

Hospice care is only for cancer or AIDS patients.

Hospice cares for patients with any life-limiting diagnosis such as: cancer, final-stage heart and lung diseases, stroke, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, AIDS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, just to name a few.

Myth #2 

Hospice care is provided only inside a special facility.

Genesis Hospice provides care in a variety of places: in a patient’s home; in a hospital; in a long-term care facility; or in other residential settings. Wherever the location, patients and families are assured of medical care and emotional and spiritual support.

Myth #3

Hospice care is only for the wealthy.

Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance policies cover Hospice care. For Medicare and Medicaid patients, medications, medical supplies, and equipment related to the terminal illness are provided at no additional cost.

For uninsured patients, Genesis Hospice offers a sliding-fee scale, based on the family’s ability to pay. In addition, Genesis Hospice is provided thousands of dollars each year in charitable assistance.

Myth #4 

Medicare beneficiaries forfeit their Medicare coverage if they choose Hospice care.

Beneficiaries retain full Medicare coverage for any health-care needs not related to the terminal diagnosis, even if they elect hospice care. However, they must continue to pay the applicable deductible and coinsurance amounts under the original Medicare plan.

Myth #5 

If patients opt out of Genesis Hospice they can never have the hospice benefit again.

Genesis Hospice patients can stop receiving hospice care at any time, for any reason. If someone chooses to stop hospice care, he or she will automatically go back to receiving all of the original Medicare benefits. At any time a patient can return to Genesis Hospice care as long as the eligibility requirements are met.  The Genesis Hospice care team will help coordinate your care if you choose to stop hospice care.

For more information, call Genesis Hospice at 563-421-4663 or 1-866-862-2862.

Palliative Care

Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is the focus on improving quality of life with specialized medical care for people facing serious illness, or after a life changing injury. Palliative care helps with pain, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue and emotional stress of serious illness —whatever the cause.

Care is given along with other treatments such as intensive care, cardiac or cancer care.  Palliative Care serves as an extra layer of support to the patient and family.

Who do we see?

Our Palliative care team gives personalized care and support for many different medical challenges:

  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Cancer
  • Strokes
  • Dementia
  • Kidney disease
  • Infants and children living with complex medical problems

Who are we?

Our palliative care program offers a team made up of:

  • Physicians
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Social worker
  • Chaplain
  • Other support providers

You May be wondering…

Do I get to keep my doctor?

Yes! We are a consult service and work with your doctors.

When is a good time to start Palliative Care?

You can receive Palliative Care from the moment of the initial diagnosis.

What happens once I’ve been referred to Palliative care?

At our first meeting we will discuss:

  • what matters most to you and your loved ones
  • your personal values
  • your treatment wishes
  • symptoms and stress that can occur with a serious illness

Then we work with you, your family, and other doctors to help you live well with your conditions and treatment.

Does referral to palliative care mean I’m dying?

No. Receiving palliative care does not mean you’re dying. It does mean you are dealing with difficult medical problems - ones that can cause pain, uncertainty and personal struggles. Our goal is to help you have relief from the symptoms that are preventing you from living well.

Do I need to stop treatment to get palliative care?

No. We support doing whatever you, your family and your doctors’ feel is right for you. Many of our patients receive treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation, invasive heart procedures and surgery.

Where can I receive Palliative Care?

  • At a hospital
  • At a Palliative Care Clinic
  • In your home
  • In a nursing facility

I’m worried about my family and the toll my illness is taking on them. Can you help?

Yes. Your family helps make you who you are. Those you love play a big part in your health. We want to meet and talk with those who are important to you.

How does Palliative Care help patients and their families?

  • Expert treatment of pain and other symptoms including emotional and social support
  • Spiritual care and support for people of all faiths and beliefs
  • Support in understanding and choosing treatments
  • Care Coordination among your doctors and therapist
  • Practical help in completing forms and choosing where to live
  • Help with advance care planning
  • Crisis prevention and plans for safety and peace of mind.

How do I get Palliative Care?

Ask your doctor if a Palliative Care consultation is appropriate for yourself or your loved one.

If you have any questions regarding Palliative Care please contact our administrator at 563-421-4222.

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Posted by Genesis Health System on Friday, November 17, 2017