Springfield Hospice Care
Hospice is an often misunderstood branch of medical care, and as a result, many who may benefit from hospice or palliative care simply fail to seek it out. In our last entry, we answered 5 of the most common myths about hospice care. Below are 5 more all-too-common misunderstandings about Springfield hospice care answered.
- Springfield Hospice Care – Hospice requires a “Do Not Resuscitate” order.
At Seasons Hospice in Springfield, MO, we respect the values and choices of all our patients regarding end-of-life issues. We recognize that these are decisions patients and families must make together, without pressure from the outside. Therefore, we do NOT require “Do Not Resuscitate” status prior to admission.
- Springfield Hospice Care – hospice requires family members to provide care to patients.
Springfield Hospice care is delivered by an interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, counselors, pharmacists and other professionals, as well as highly trained volunteers. Family members are not required to provide care. However, guidance and training are often given to family members and friends who wish to participate. Many patients prefer receiving care from those they know, and loved ones may find it rewarding as well.
- Springfield Hospice Care – Hospice means “nothing more can be done.”
Though Springfield hospice care does begin after a patient stops responding to or chooses not to receive curative care, the philosophy of Springfield hospice care is that there is a great deal that can still be done. At Seasons Hospice in Springfield, we believe in providing the best possible care to every patient. From pain and symptom control to spiritual and emotional support to 24/7 availability for information and help, we are committed to the best interest of every patient.
- Springfield Hospice Care – Hospice is only for the patient.
While Springfield hospice care focuses on improving the quality of life for the patient, Springfield hospice care teams are equally concerned with supporting the family and loved ones. Not only are we here for the patient but for all those so deeply involved in and affected by the patient’s life.
5. Once you begin Springfield hospice care, you can’t change your mind.
Many hospice patients have returned to curative care for a number of reasons. If the disease goes into remission or improves at any time, or if a patient simply chooses to, they can be discharged from hospice and go back to aggressive measures to seek a cure. It is every patient’s right to choose, and Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance will allow readmission at a later date if necessary.
6. Hospice is a place.
While many Springfield hospice organizations do have wonderful facilities, hospice is not a place, but rather, a philosophy of care. Springfield Hospice care actually takes place wherever the patient calls home, whether it’s their family home, a nursing home, assisted living, hospital, or a dedicated hospice facility (hospice house.)
7. Springfield Hospice care cannot continue longer than six months.
Once a patient qualifies for hospice care, service continues as long as the individual lives or as long as it is required and appropriate. Springfield Hospice care is not discontinued unless it is no longer needed, or unless the patient decides to stop.
8. Springfield Hospice care is only for people with cancer or for bedridden patients.
Although cancer is a common reason for people to enter Springfield hospice care, Season Hospice in Springfield, MO serves terminally ill patients of all ages and with all types of chronic conditions. Especially if care is begun early in their illness, many patients are able to enjoy life as much during Springfield hospice care as before.
9. Springfield Hospice care is for patients who don’t need a high level of care.
Since end-of-life care is so complex, it is provided by a highly skilled interdisciplinary team of physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and therapists, who provide comprehensive medical care. In addition, chaplains, counselors, and trained volunteers support a full range of services for the patient and the entire family.
10. Springfield Hospice care is expensive, or so some think.
Actually, traditional medical care is much more expensive than hospice care in most cases. In addition, since Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance cover the cost of hospice, hospice is generally very affordable. At Seasons Hospice, since we are a non-profit organization, we never turn away patients due to the inability to pay.
The History of Springfield Hospice Care
The term “hospice” comes from the linguistic root of “hospitality”. From the middle ages to the present, caring for the dying has been handled in similar and various ways. In the middle ages, religious orders created “hospices” in key areas on the way to religious shrines that provided shelter for travelers that were seeking miraculous cures for chronic and fatal illnesses. In the 1800’s Madame Garnier of Lyon, France opened a “calvaire” to care for dying patients. In 1879 Mother Mary Aikenhead of the Irish Sisters of Charity started Our Lady’s Hospice in Dublin, caring only for the dying. By the late 19th century, the idea of “medicalized” dying came into being. (By the mid-20th century, almost 80% of the people died in a hospital or nursing home.) In the early 1900’s, St. Luke’s Hospice and the Hospice of God opened to serve the destitute dying.
By the year 2000, there were well over 3,000 hospices and palliative programs in the United States. Hospices have been established in well over 40 countries worldwide. The World Health Organization calls Springfield hospice care a “priority”. Now, in the 21st century, the principles of good Springfield hospice care and palliative care are understood and accepted. All patients with advanced illness and their families are assured of competent and compassionate care in their homes, in nursing homes and in hospitals. (Taken from the Hospice Education Institute)