Hospice care is a special kind of care to enhance life for a terminally ill patient and his/her family. Comfort care and supportive care are provided by a team of healthcare professionals and volunteers, allowing patients to spend their days in comfort and dignity, focusing on living. The hospice philosophy seeks to allow the terminally ill person to be at home, close to family and friends, while still under professional medical supervision.
The role of hospice is to provide professional medical care, to manage pain and other symptoms, and to assist the patient and family to attain a degree of mental and spiritual preparation for death that is meaningful and satisfactory to them.
What are the eligibility criteria for hospice care?
a) Referral from the patient's attending physician
b) Certification from the patient's attending physician that the patient is terminally ill and has a limited life expectancy of 6 months or less if the disease follows its usual course
c) Patient and/or caregiver consent for care
d) Primary caregiver in the home (family member or other) for daily care when the patient's condition necessitates
e) Patient is no longer undergoing or seeking curative therapy
f) Patient resides within Hospice of Montgomery's service area.