Hospice and Palliative Care: Making a Difference

A hospice nurse was recently asked, “How can you work in hospice – it must be so sad!”

She answered, “I love providing highly-skilled, compassionate care because I know I make a huge difference in the quality of a person’s life. I love that I can use my training as a nurse to bring comfort and dignity to my patients, and seeing the relief on their faces and on the faces of those who care for them. I love that I can offer practical solutions to patients and families and help them find more meaning moments at the end of life.”

Hospice isn’t about dying but is about living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness.

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice care provides pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.

Hospice care if fully covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans and HMOs. However, Serenity HospiceCare is the only Non-Profit stand alone in the area and will never turn anyone away for the inability to pay.

Many people only consider hospice care in the final days of life but hospice is ideally suited to care for patients and family caregivers for the final months of life.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care brings the same interdisciplinary team care as hospice to people earlier in the course of a serious illness and can be provided along with other treatments they may still be receiving from their doctor.

Hospices are the largest providers of palliative care services and can help answer questions about what might be most appropriate for a person. Many hospitals also have palliative care teams available to provide services.

Hospice and palliative care are available to people of all ages with any serious or life-limiting illness.

Hospice and palliative care combine the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support for patients and family caregivers. Hospice and palliative care can may a profound difference and help maximize the quality of life for all those they care for.

To learn more about hospice and palliative care, contact: Serenity HospiceCare at: 573-431-0162 or 1-800-876-0162 or visit our video testimonials page.