What is Hospice Care?

What is Hospice or Palliative Care?

Hospice is a service of caring for people with progressive life-limiting illnesses. Hospice helps make the remainder of their lives be more fulfilling, dignified and peaceful. Hospice combines the best in pain control, symptom management, emotional and spiritual support.

Care delivered at your home Instead of having to be transported back and forth to emergency rooms or clinics, Hospice team delivers care to patient’s home or wherever the patient resides) at their familiar peaceful environment.

A unique end-of-life experience.

The need for hospice or palliative care services marks a change in how patients look at their lives moving forward. Our philosophy is to approach that change as a celebration of life and an opportunity to enjoy the time they have left. That’s how Sahara Hospice reshapes and improves end-of-life care services in a unique way.

The focus is on the patient and the family rather than the disease; the goal is to improve the quality of life that remains. The modern hospice is not a place, a building, or an institution (a frequent misconception). Instead, it’s a concept – a collection of ideas and attitudes – about an array of services based on a holistic philosophy of living and dying.

Hospice searches for meaningful treatment of terminally ill patients and their families by uniting contemporary science with sensitive caring. In short, the goal of all hospice care is the relief of symptoms in order to promote comfort and improve a patient’s quality of life.

The hospice movement is both ancient and modern. Beginning as a form of comfort for travelers, hospice has been adapted as a philosophy of care, to ease the journey from life to death. Our modern term “hospice” comes from the Latin “hospes,” meaning both host and guest, and symbolizing the mutual caring of people for one another.

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We provide our services up to 100 Miles Radius from our location.

Contact us for our home health care services in Sugar Land and the Greater Houston, TX area. We’re happy to provide services to the following counties:

  • Cypress
  • Brookshire
  • Houston
  • Needville
  • Pearland
  • Stafford
  • Spring
  • Sugar Land
  • Austin
  • Brazoria
  • Chambers
  • Colorado
  • Fort Bend
  • Galveston
  • Harris
  • Liberty
  • Matagorda
  • Montgomery
  • Walker
  • Waller
  • Wharton

We provide

Excellence in end-of-life care for the patient and their families. This is accomplished by respecting patient choice, providing comfort and promoting dignity.

  • Admission within the hour with a physicians order
  • All Medications related to Hospice criteria illness
  • Durable Medical Equipment. (Hospital beds, oxygen tanks, wheelchairs, walker and more.
  • Incontinence care supplies
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Comprehensive bereavement care
  • 24/hr emergency on-call to assist with crisis situations.

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How Does Hospice Work?

Hospice is a philosophy of care. It treats the person rather than the disease and focuses on quality of life. It surrounds the patient and family with a team consisting of professionals who not only address physical distress, but emotional and spiritual issues as well. Sahara Hospice care services are patient-centered because the needs of the patient and family drive the activities of the hospice team.

 

Roles and Responsibilities of a Hospice Care Team

Physician: The physician is responsible for identifying the patient’s need for end-of-life care, and making a referral. The physician is also responsible for providing hospice information for families and patients, including how hospice works. They are encouraged to remain involved as a member of the patient care team, and to actively participate in the hospice plan of care.

Hospice Medical Director: The hospice medical director provides an oversight of patient care and support to the hospice team. The hospice medical director attends a team conference to discuss the plan of care by assisting in establishing goals, and participating in decisions regarding patient care.

Registered Nurse Case Manager: The registered nurse case manager coordinates the plan of care with the physician and hospice medical director through initial and ongoing nursing assessments. The nurse visits the patient two or three times a week, or as needed, to ensure all distressing symptoms are effectively managed and that patient and family needs are being met. The RN supervises all care provided by the licensed practical nurse and home health aide, and coordinates care with the other members of the hospice care team to ensure patient and family spiritual and psychosocial needs are met.

Social Worker: The hospice social worker provides initial and ongoing psychosocial assessments of the patient and establishes a psychosocial plan of care. The social worker normally sees the patient once or twice a month to provide emotional support and ensure patient and family psychosocial needs are being met. The patient/family or any member of the hospice team can request additional psychosocial visits as needed. The social worker can provide assistance and hospice information to patients and families. This could include helping the patient with a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order, assisting with finding community resources, and making arrangements for nursing home placement or transfer to inpatient care facility. The hospice social worker can also provide counseling to the patient or family in times of crisis.

Chaplain: The hospice chaplain provides spiritual support to the patient and family as needed. The chaplain visits once or twice per month or more often if requested. The care provided by the hospice chaplain can address religious issues, however the focus of care is more spiritual, in nature, than religious. Care by the hospice chaplain is non-denominational.

Bereavement Counselor: The bereavement counselor not only supports and guides the family through the bereavement period after the loss of a loved one, but can also help the patient deal with the grief associated with declining health. The bereavement counselor can provide bereavement services to the family up to a year, or longer, after a loved passes.

Home Health Aide: The home health aide assists the patient and family with personal care needs and light housekeeping. They also inform family members how hospice works, and teach the correct and safe method for providing personal care to the patient. The home health aide supplements the care provided by the nurse case manager.

Hospice Volunteer: The home health aide assists the patient and family with personal care needs and light housekeeping. They also inform family members how hospice works, and teach the correct and safe method for providing personal care to the patient. The home health aide supplements the care provided by the nurse case manager.

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We provide our services up to 100 Miles Radius from our location.

Contact us for our home health care services in Sugar Land and the Greater Houston, TX area. We’re happy to provide services to the following counties:

  • Cypress
  • Brookshire
  • Houston
  • Needville
  • Pearland
  • Stafford
  • Spring
  • Sugar Land
  • Austin
  • Brazoria
  • Chambers
  • Colorado
  • Fort Bend
  • Galveston
  • Harris
  • Liberty
  • Matagorda
  • Montgomery
  • Walker
  • Waller
  • Wharton