Patient & Family Resources
Hospice vs. Palliative Care
Palliative Care is intended to provide pain and symptom management to those with one or more chronic illnesses. This specialized care not only helps relieve physical/emotional suffering but also focuses on discussion regarding treatment options and goals of care.
Hospice is a type of palliative care for those with a terminal prognosis. When medical care cannot offer a cure, or when curative treatments are no longer effective, hospice provides care, comfort and support for persons with life-limiting conditions as well as their families. The hospice team works to make the patient comfortable and relieve their symptoms and pain for the entire illness.
When is it time for Hospice?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, now is the right time to call us to learn about your options when it comes to starting hospice care. It is a common misconception that hospice care is only for the last few days of life when, in fact, patients and families can benefit most with early hospice intervention. So often patients and their families tell us: "we wish we had called sooner." It is important to begin hospice services as soon as you are eligible.
How do I get Hospice?
Anyone – a family member, friend or physician – can refer someone to Asana Hospice, either by completing our Contact Us Form on the home page, or by calling the office closest to the your location directly to inquire about or request services.
Once the referral is received, the admission staff will contact you to set up a consult. The hospice team will then work with your physician to determine if you or your loved one is eligible to receive hospice care. Once deemed eligible, the hospice staff will then set up an initial meeting to review the services the hospice will offer and sign the necessary consent forms for care to begin. Usually, care is ready to begin within a day or two of a referral. However, in urgent situations, service may begin sooner.
What can I expect?
Once you are admitted into hospice care, a specially trained medical team and support staff is available to help you and your family cope with the terminal illness. Your doctor and the hospice medical team work together with you and your family to set up a plan of care that meets your specific needs. Comfort care measures are available to assist with symptom control and pain relief with the goal of increasing your quality of life.
Nursing care, home health aide services, medications related to the hospice diagnosis, equipment, and supplies are all provided to make you as comfortable and pain free as possible. Social and spiritual counseling are also part of the hospice plan of care.
Can I Change my Mind?
You always have the right to stop getting hospice care at any time and for any reason. If you stop your hospice care, you will receive the type of Medicare coverage that you had before electing hospice. If you are eligible, you can go back to hospice care at any time.
Sometimes a person’s health improves or their illness goes into remission. If that happens, the hospice physician may feel that you no longer need hospice care. If this happens, you will be discharged from hospice and return to the care and the Medicare coverage you had before electing the hospice benefit.
How long can I be on Hospice?
As long as your hospice professionals as well as your physician agree that you are eligible to receive your hospice benefit, you can receive care.
Can I still see my physician?
The patient’s primary physician is part of their hospice team and can be as involved as they would like. We will communicate with your primary care physician on a regular basis. You can continue to see your primary care doctor as needed for your medical care.
What Does Hospice Cover?
Hospice coverage provides comprehensive medical care related to your terminal illness. It includes most medications, medical supplies and durable medical equipment, such as a hospital bed in your home. It also covers payment for visits to your home, or wherever you are receiving your care, by the hospice team. Members of the team may include:
- Your physician — who continues to oversee your care.
- Hospice Medical Director — who works with your physician and other members of the hospice team to coordinate your care.
- Registered nurse — who will visit you in your home to manage your clinical care.
- Social worker — who provides support to you and your loved ones during this difficult time. Your social worker will also work with you on end of life planning.
- Home health aide — who will help you with personal care.
- Chaplain — who will work as a resource to you to provide and/or facilitate spiritual support.
- Volunteers — who are specially trained to provide you with companionship or special needs.
- Bereavement counselors — to help those who love and care for you cope after your death.
Asana Hospice - Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
6300 Ridglea Place, Ste 1107
Fort Worth , TX 76116
Asana Hospice - Gun Barrel City, TX
164 Heritage Parkway
Gun Barrel City , TX 75156
Asana Hospice - Harrisburg, PA
4813 Jonestown Rd, Ste 201
Harrisburg , PA 17109
Asana Hospice - Kansas City, MO
9001 Stateline Road
Kansas City , MO 64114
Asana Hospice - Kansas City, KS
13002 State Line Road
Leawood , KS 66209