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Introduction To Doctor's Hospice

  1. 1. An Introduction ToDoctor’s Hospice<br />
  2. 2. What Is Hospice?<br />Hospice is a healthcare approach that supports the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those who have life-limiting illnesses.<br />
  3. 3. The Goal of Hospice<br />The goal of hospice is to allow the dying process to unfold with a minimum of discomfort, and maintain dignity and quality of life until the end.<br />
  4. 4. The Team Approach<br />At Doctor’s Hospice, we have a team of professionals working together to ensure the comfort of each individual patient.<br />
  5. 5. The Team Includes… <br />the patient<br />a personal physician<br />family<br />a nurse<br />a home health aide<br /><ul><li>a social worker
  6. 6. a chaplain
  7. 7. volunteers
  8. 8. our medical director</li></li></ul><li>Where is Hospice?<br />Hospice is not a place. It is a concept of care. Hospice care can be received in a variety of places including:<br />Personal Residences<br />Nursing Homes<br />Assisted Living Facilities<br />Inpatient Hospice Units<br />Group Homes<br />
  9. 9. What Hospice Provides<br />Symptom Management<br />Counseling<br />Medication related to the hospice diagnosis<br />Medical equipment <br />Any other services deemed necessary as related to the hospice diagnosis.<br />
  10. 10. Common Hospice Myths<br />Hospice kills people (practices euthanasia).<br />Hospice is only for elderly or cancer patients.<br />Hospice is only for the last few days of life.<br />Hospice makes patients stop all medications.<br />Hospice is only for people who are ready to die and fully accept their impending death.<br />Hospice care is very expensive.<br />
  11. 11. When Should I Call?<br />Anyone can request an information visit from hospice (physician’s orders are not required).<br />If a patient has a life-limiting illness and their physician feels like their disease process could end their life within six months hospice should be contacted.<br />If a patient has weight loss, decrease in functional ability, decrease in cognition, decrease in mobility.<br />
  12. 12. Terminal Diagnoses<br />Metastatic Malignancies<br />Heart Disease<br />Kidney Disease<br />Liver Disease<br />Lung Disease<br />Stroke and/or Coma<br />AIDS<br /><ul><li>Neurological Disease
  13. 13. Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  14. 14. Multi organ failure
  15. 15. Failure to Thrive
  16. 16. Senescence</li></li></ul><li>Remember…<br />Someone with a life-limiting illness who refuses or discontinues curative treatment will decline rapidly and should be evaluated for hospice IMMEDIATELY.<br />All it takes is a phone call to Doctor’s Hospice and one of our nurses will be happy to assist in the evaluation of the patient for hospice appropriateness. We are available 24/7/365.<br />
  17. 17. Did You Know?<br />Doctor’s Hospice is Joint Commission accredited.<br />All Joint Commission accredited hospice agencies are required to perform satisfaction surveys to assess the family’s feelings about their hospice experience after the death of their loved one.<br />Do you know what the most common complaint on the survey is?<br />
  18. 18. If I Could Change Anything…<br />If families could change one thing about their hospice care, it would be that they had been referred to hospice sooner.<br />
  19. 19. What MakesDoctor’s HospiceSo Special?<br />
  20. 20. Why Doctor’s Hospice?<br />COMMUNITY<br />We’re locally owned and operated.<br />ACCREDITED<br />Joint Commission Accreditation.<br />EXPERIENCE and EXPERTISE<br />
  21. 21. Why Doctor’s Hospice?<br />INTIMACY<br />More attention, personal care.<br />DIVERSITY<br />Broad spectrum of specialists.<br />FLEXIBILITY and COMPASSION<br />
  22. 22. We are hereto help youand we care…<br />
  23. 23. Service Area<br />Northeast Louisiana<br />318-325-6695<br />Toll-Free 877-325-6695<br />Capital Region<br />225-667-1340<br />Toll-Free 877-667-1340<br />Northshore<br />985-809-0844<br />Toll-Free 877-801-0844<br />Serving Northeasternand SoutheasternLouisiana from ouroffices in West Monroe,Walker, and Mandeville.<br />
  24. 24. Helping others find peace<br />in troubled times<br />
  25. 25. www.doctors-hospice.com<br />

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