If you have a loved one whose terminal illness, chronic condition, or overall declining health has led to a need for hospice care, then you may be wondering what to expect. At Oakwood Estates, we provide more than just nursing and rehabilitation—but also end-of-life hospice care. Below are just a few things you can expect with our hospice services.
A Team Of Caring Hospice Specialists
When your loved one selects Oakwood Estates Nursing and Rehab for end-of-life hospice care, round the clock hands-on care will be provided. This includes pain management, toileting, hygiene, and emotional and spiritual support. While the goal is not to cure the chronic or terminal condition, it is to maintain dignity and respect, and to provide your loved one with as much comfort as possible.
Knowing When It Is Time For Hospice Care
Unlike many medical services, hospice is only prescribed when a patient has decided to decline further care, or when their medical team has determined that no more can be done. Every case is different, so hospice may begin immediately after treatment has concluded, but may not begin until decline is more advanced.
A physician referral is required for hospice care and, in most cases, is covered by Medicare. You can bring up the topic of hospice care with your physician at any time, even if you are not quite ready for hospice—you can begin to discuss what to expect.
The Benefits Of A Hospice Facility
When your loved one has determined it is time for hospice, they will need to decide if they want to receive treatment in-home or at a nearby St. Louis, MO hospice facility. While a visiting hospice team can bring a hospital bed and many of the other required comfort equipment to your loved one’s home, the multiple visits per day and per week can take quite a toll on you and your family.
By selecting Oakwood Estates Nursing and Rehab to provide your loved one’s hospice care, hands-on care is only seconds away. Unlike in-home hospice, you do not have to schedule appointed visits for nurses, CNAs, or other members of the hospice team—or wait for them to arrive after you call. Instead, our hospice team is always nearby and checking-in with your loved one multiple times throughout the day.
Our hospice team also includes social workers and professionals who provide the desired emotional and spiritual support. This holistic approach to hospice provides you with the peace of mind that your loved one is receiving the highest quality care.