Giving Individuals and Their Families the True Compassion, Caring & Support They Deserve
Medical Services of America Hospice is about helping an individual and their family share the best days possible as they deal with a life-limiting illness. It’s about adding quality of life, and helping you live those days as you choose. Our hospice care services provide a specialized program of care provided for patients and their families who are facing life-limiting illnesses. This specialized program and the care you receive is coordinated by a team of professionals. Our hospice team consists of:
- Patients' Personal Physicians
- Registered Nurses
- Home Health Aides
- Social Workers
- Bereavement Coordinators
- Trained Volunteers
- Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapists
How is hospice care provided?
Hospice is provided by a special team of caregivers chosen to meet the unique needs of you and your family. A nurse provides care and instructions on medications, assesses symptoms, and communicates with your physician. A social worker assesses resource needs and provides support to you and your family. A home health aide provides personal care and some homemaker services. A volunteer may run errands, or even just sit and read to you. A chaplain is available for spiritual support if desired.
How much does it cost? Who pays for hospice?
Medicare, Medicaid and VA benefits pay for hospice care with no cost to you or your family. Most private insurance companies also cover hospice services. We provide care to all individuals who qualify for hospice regardless of their ability to pay for care. The hospice benefit pays for items related to your hospice diagnoses such as medications, oxygen medical supplies and equipment (i.e. hospital beds, wheel chairs and bedside commodes).
Is hospice just for people with cancer?
Hospice can serve anyone who is in the end stages of a life-limiting illness such as heart failure, lung disease, liver failure, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, AIDS, ALS — or if there is a sudden decline in health with no specific reason. If you are tired of taking trips to the hospital, have chosen not to pursue treatment, or your doctor has exhausted all options for a cure, you may qualify for help from hospice care.
Where can hospice take care of me?
Hospice takes care of you in the comfort of your home. Hospice can also care for you in a personal care home, assisted living facility, in the hospital (under special arrangements) or in a nursing home.
What if I change my mind?
The decision to receive care from hospice is yours. You have the right to discontinue hospice at any time, or change to another type of care. You also have the right to choose the hospice agency you prefer.
Will my doctor still be my doctor?
Yes, your doctor will still be directing your care. We also have a medical director on staff that is available for consultation. Providing quality care to you and your loved ones is our #1 goal. We value the trust our patients, families and physicians have in our staff.
Can I still go to the hospital?
Yes, you can return to the hospital for care. Hospice will assist in making the transition as smooth as possible.
What support is offered to my loved ones?
Hospice will continue to provide support to your family through mailings and phone calls to see how they are doing. A grief counselor is available to provide individual counseling and support if needed.
How can I receive hospice services?
A phone call to our office from you or your family will start the process. We will be glad to talk with you about your needs and how hospice can help. A doctor’s order is required before services can be started. We will be glad to call your doctor and make these arrangements for you.
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