Who can refer a patient for hospice services?
The final decision belongs to the patient. Hospice of Odessa staff members are highly sensitive to the concerns of entering hospice care and are always available to discuss them with the patient, family and physician.
What if our physician doesn’t know about hospice?
Most physicians know about hospice; however, if your physician would like more information we invite him or her to call us (432) 653-1737.
Is Hospice a place or a service?
Hospice is not a place, it is a service and a philosophy of care that focuses on the dignity and comfort of a patient and their family. Hospice of Odessa will care for you in your home, nursing home, long-term care facility or any other place in you reside.
Can a Hospice of Odessa patient who shows signs of recovery be returned to regular medical treatment?
Certainly. If improvement in the condition occurs the patient can be discharged from hospice and return to aggressive therapy or any other option they choose. A previous patient may always return to hospice care at another time.
What does the admission process involve?
A phone call to Hospice of Odessa (432-653-1737) is all that is needed to facilitate the admission process. Hospice of Odessa will contact the patient’s physician to discuss the patient’s eligibility for hospice services. An appointment will then be made with the patient and family for the intake process to begin.
Will my doctor still be my doctor once I am on hospice care?
Hospice of Odessa functions as an extension of, not in place of, the patient’s attending physician. Hospice of Odessa also has a medical director available to help patients who do not have a personal physician.
Is there special equipment or changes I have to make in my home before hospice care begins?
Hospice of Odessa provides medical equipment, supplies and assistive devices necessary to hospice care and related to the patient’s diagnosis.
What is an “Advanced Directive?”
“Advanced Directive” is a general term that refers to your instructions about future medical care in the event you become unable to speak for yourself. There are two parts the of advance directive: a living will and a medical power of attorney.
How many family members or friends does it take to care for a patient at home?
There is no set number. The Hospice of Odessa team will prepare an individualized care plan to meet the needs and goals of the patient and family. Hospice of Odessa staff members visit regularly and are always accessible to answer questions and provide support.
How difficult is caring for a dying loved one at home?
It is never easy, and sometimes can be quite hard. At the end of a long progressive illness, nights in particular can be very long, lonely and filled with fear. Hospice of Odessa has staff available 24 hours per day to consult with the family and make visits at night when needed.
What specific assistance does Hospice of Odessa provide home-based patients?
Hospice of Odessa patients are cared for by a team of physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors, hospice aides, clergy, therapists and volunteers, and each provides assistance based on his or her area of expertise. In addition, hospice helps provide medications, supplies, and equipment as related to the hospice diagnosis.
Does hospice do anything to make death come sooner?
No, Hospice of Odessa does not accelerate the dying process. Just as doctors and nurses lend support and expertise during the time of childbirth, hospice provides its presence and specialized knowledge during the dying process – a “midwife for the soul”.
How does hospice manage pain?
Hospice of Odessa's nurses and doctors are up to date on the latest medications and devices for pain and symptom relief. Hospice of Odessa believes that emotional and spiritual pain are just as real and in need of attention as physical pain. Pastoral counselors are available to assist family members as well as patients.
Will medications prevent the patient from being able to talk or know what is happening?
It is the goal of Hospice of Odessa to help patients be as comfortable and alert as they desire. Doctors and nurses will regularly consult with the patient about their wishes for pain management.
Is Hospice of Odessa affiliated with any religious organization or other hospice?
Hospice of Odessa is an independent organization serving a broad community of beliefs and backgrounds.
Is hospice care covered by insurance?
Hospice coverage is widely available. It is provided nationwide by Medicare, Medicaid in Texas, and by most private health insurance policies.
What if I do not have insurance or enough personal income to pay for services?
Hospice of Odessa is a not-for-profit agency and provides its services regardless of ability to pay.
Does hospice provide any help to the family after the patient dies?
Hospice of Odessa provides continuing contact and support for one year following the death of a loved one. Hospice of Odessa also sponsors bereavement and support groups for anyone in the community who has experienced the death of a family member, a friend, or a loved one. There is no-charge for this benefit, nor is there a time-limit for our support groups.
If the patient is eligible for Medicare, will there be any additional expenses to be paid?
No, Medicare covers medications, services, medical equipment and supplies related to the care and diagnosis of the hospice patient. The family will never receive a bill from Hospice of Odessa.
What if I don’t understand what is happening and don’t know how to make the right decisions?
Hospice of Odessa provides patients and families with the information and education they need to make informed decisions about their plan of treatment under the care of their attending physician. Please call us (432) 653-1737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.