Doctor’s Hospice is a hospice agency with three locations in Louisiana specializing in home health services for patients with life-limiting illnesses. Doctor’s Hospice...helping others find peace in troubled times.
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 />
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 />
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 />
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 />
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 />
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 />
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 />