What is Hospice and Palliative Care?
- Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support compassionately to patients and their families when a limiting illness no longer responds to cure oriented treatment.
- Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death, but focuses rather on the quality of life’s possibilities.
- The goal of hospice is to improve the quality of a patient’s remaining days by delivering exceptional care with an emphasis on comfort, dignity, and compassion.
The Mission/Pacific hospice team is trained to manage all symptoms related to end stage illnesses.
With a strong emphasis on medical and holistic management, our Mission/Pacific hospice routinely delivers the following services:
Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapies
Medical Social Services/Counseling
Physician board certified and fellowship trained in hospice and palliative medicine
Pain and Symptom Management
24/7 accessibility to staff
Peace & Harmony
With an emphasis on quality of life rather than quantity, we maintain the core belief that our patients should be allowed to complete their days in peace, without pain, and in the company of their loved ones with their comfort and dignity preserved.
SERVICES WE PROVIDE
With a strong emphasis on medical and Holistic management, we routinely deliver the following services and supplies:
- Physician oversight and home visits
- Nursing Care
- Medical Social Services
- Crisis Counseling
- Volunteer Services
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Bereavement Services
- Short term inpatient care
- Continuous Care during periods of crisis
- Respite Care
- Medical Equipment
- Medical Supplies
- Incontinence Supplies
- 24 hours/7days per week accessibility to all staff
YOUR CARE TEAM
You team delivers care through an interdisciplinary approach with all team members working in concert together.
Team members include:
Specially trained nurses
Medical social workers
Certified nursing assistants
Physical, occupational, and speech therapists
Pain and symptom control
The goal of pain and symptom control is to help you be comfortable while allowing you to stay in control of and enjoy your life. This means that side effects are managed to make sure that you are as free of pain and symptoms as possible, yet still alert enough to enjoy the people around you and make important decisions.
Although hospice care can be centered in the home, you may need to be admitted to a hospital, extended-care facility, or a hospice inpatient facility. The hospice can arrange for inpatient care and will stay involved in your care and with your family. You can go back to in-home care when you and your family are ready.
Through regularly scheduled family conferences, often led by the hospice nurse or social worker, family members can stay informed about your condition and what to expect. Family conferences also give you all a chance to share feelings, talk about expectations, and learn about death and the process of dying. Family members can find great support and stress relief through family conferences. Conferences may also be done informally on a daily basis as the nurse or nursing assistant talks with you and your caregivers during their routine visits.
Volunteers play an important role in planning and giving hospice care in the United States. Volunteers may be health professionals or lay people who provide services that range from hands-on care to working in the hospice office or fundraising.
Coordination Of Care
The interdisciplinary team coordinates and supervises all care 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. This team is responsible for making sure that all involved services share information. This may include the inpatient facility, the home care agency, the doctor, and other community professionals, such as pharmacists, clergy, and funeral directors. You and your caregivers are encouraged to contact your hospice team if you are having a problem, any time of the day or night. There is always someone on call to help you with whatever may arise. Hospice care assures you and your family that you are not alone and help can be reached at any time.
Hospice care also tends to your spiritual needs. Since people differ in their spiritual needs and religious beliefs, spiritual care is set up to meet your specific needs. It may include helping you to look at what death means to you, helping you say good-bye, or helping with a certain religious ceremony or ritual.
While you are in hospice, your family and caregivers may need some time away.. Hospice service may offer them a break through respite care, which is often offered in up to 5-day periods. During this time you will be cared for either in the hospice facility or in beds that are set aside for this in nursing homes or hospitals. Families can plan a mini-vacation, go to special events, or simply get much-needed rest at home while you are cared for in an inpatient setting.
Death can be a painful and permanent loss experience, and one of the hardest from which to recover. Death takes away, but facing it and grieving can result in peace, new strengths and purpose. Grief is a normal response to loss. Often the most painful loss is the death of a person you love, whether from a long illness or from an accident or an act of violence.
- Bereavement is the period after a loss during which grief is experienced and mourning occurs. The time spent in a period of bereavement depends on how attached the person was to the person who died, and how much time was spent anticipating the loss.
- Mourning is the process by which people adapt to a loss. Mourning is also influenced by cultural customs, rituals and society’s rules for coping with the loss.
- Our grief and bereavement services at can help you understand the grief you and others in your family may feel after a death, whether sudden or anticipated.
Hospice care staff members are kind and caring. They communicate well, are good listeners, and are interested in working with families who are coping with a life-threatening illness. They are usually specially trained in the unique issues surrounding death and dying.
To provide physical, emotional, social and spiritual support to terminally ill patients, as well as their families and loved ones, while assisting patients, to live with dignity and comfort as they cope with end of life issues.
Mission recognizes these values and their role in fulfilling our mission:
Commitment to Our Patients – We recognize the unique physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of each person receiving health care services at home. We strive to extend the highest level of courtesy, safety, and service to patients, family/ caregivers, visitors, and each other.
Commitment to Innovation – We deliver state-of-the-art home care services. We engage in a wide range of continuing education, clinical education, and other programs for professionals and the public.
Commitment to Excellence – We strive to create an environment of teamwork and participation, where, through continuous performance improvement and open communication, health care professionals pursue excellence and take pride in their work, the organization, and their personal development. We believe that the quality of our human resources is the key to our continued success. We maintain financial viability through cost-effective operation to meet long-term commitment to the community.
Who decides when Hospice is right for you?
You decide, it’s that simple. The decision is made by you with the input of your physician or loved ones. You can also later decide to discontinue hospice services should you wish to seek curative therapies.
Who pays for Hospice?
Hospice is fully funded by the Medicare Hospice Benefit. There are not out-of-pocket expenses to the patient. Most private insurances also cover Hospice. We would be happy to find out what your benefits cover.