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Overview of hospice

 
 

Baylor Scott & White Hospice is proud to serve you and your loved ones with patient-centered, skilled medical care that meets you where you live, be it in a long-term care facility, an assisted living community, a hospital setting or in the comfort of your own home.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for those living with a terminal illness, to provide bereavement support for caregivers and families and to educate the community about the hospice philosophy and programs.

Hospice provides end-of-life care in the home wherever home may be. Our interdisciplinary team places emphasis on providing care that will meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient and family.

What is hospice care?

Hospice focuses on giving needed support and comfort once a life-limiting or terminal disease has been diagnosed.

We specialize in facilitating a comfortable transition when curative treatments are no longer an option either physically or by patient choice. Our trained caregivers support both patients and loved ones with physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

We design an individualized plan of care that addresses each patient’s specific situation and provides comfort and symptom management.

Baylor Scott & White Hospice provides care wherever the patient calls home:

  • - House or apartment
  • - Assisted living facility
  • - Skilled nursing home
  • - A friend’s home
  • - A family members home

Our Hospice care team comes to you.

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Is hospice care right for you?

 
 

Admission to our hospice program is made upon the recommendation of a physician and is based upon individual needs. Appropriate candidates for hospice:

  • With a life expectancy of 6 months or less if the illness runs its normal course
  • Who want to stay at home as long as possible
  • Who have a primary care person

Once admitted, a nurse will schedule a visit to discuss hospice services, assess immediate needs and recommend a plan of care.

Hospice patients can exhibit all or some of these symptoms:

  • Uncontrolled pain
  • Frequent hospitalizations
  • Recurrent infections
  • Poor response to therapies or treatments
  • Progressive unexplained weight loss
  • Deteriorating mental abilities
  • Repeat visits to the emergency department
  • Sudden onset or progressive physical decline
  • Shortness of breath at rest and/or oxygen dependence
Hospice care team
Roles of the hospice staff
Primary Care Nurse
You will be assigned a primary care nurse who will coordinate your care with other members of the interdisciplinary group and handle any nursing needs.
Physician Services
The hospice medical director and contracted physician(s) of hospice, along with your attending physician are responsible for the palliation and management of your terminal illness and any conditions related to the terminal illness.
Social Worker
A social worker may be assigned to help you and your family to:
  • - Provide emotional support, counseling and guidance to the patient and family in coping with stress related to the illness.
  • - Identifying community resources which are available to assist the patient
  • - Assisting the patient and family with planning for funeral arrangements, nursing home placement, etc.
  • - Offering information about Advanced Directives
Certified Nurse Aide
Our hospice aides are provided under the supervision of a registered nurse to patients who have a need for personal care on a part time basis.
Volunteers
A very important part of the hospice team are the volunteers. They are carefully screened and selected to work with our hospice patients.
Bereavement
The medical social worker and spiritual counselor are available to assist families during this emotionally difficult time, as well as provide information on common aspects of anticipatory grief.

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Hospice care is specially designed for adults, children and infants whose illness cannot be cured. Hospice is a supportive, life-affirming approach to meeting the special needs of terminally ill people, their families and their caregivers.

Baylor Scott & White Health's goal is to assist the you and your loved ones to be as comfortable and as involved as possible throughout this difficult time. Our interdisciplinary team places emphasis on providing care that will meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs for you and family.

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