Hospice of Central Arkansas - Hot Springs, AR
At Hospice of Central Arkansas, located in Levi Hospital on Prospect Avenue in Hot Springs, we truly have a genuine respect for life. Our goal is to make the final phase of our patients' lives as pain-free and dignified as possible. In addition, we work with family members to meet their bereavement needs both before and after the death of the patient.
An end-of-life care option that provides quality, compassionate care for patients diagnosed with a life limiting illness. Hospice care is provided by a team of skilled professionals and volunteers who provide expert medical care and pain management, individualized for each patient. Spiritual and emotional support is tailored to the needs of the patient and their family.
Does Hospice mean we are “giving up” on our loved one?
When a patient is admitted to Hospice, it usually means there is no further curative treatment to offer. That does not mean, however, that all treatment will be discontinued. The focus is now on improving quality of life and encouraging the patient to live life to the fullest. Aggressive pain and symptom management will be provided to your love one.
Should I tell my loved one he/she is dying?
The Hospice team will answer questions concerning death when asked, at time of admission to Hospice, or when plans or decisions need to be made. Hospice staff members encourage families to be honest with the patient about the terminal prognoses. This is a time for the patient and family to discuss issues that may need to be resolved before the patient dies. More often than not, the patient is already aware of his or her prognoses, but doesn’t want to say anything for fear of causing emotional pain to his or her family. Don’t be afraid to be honest with your loved one and say the things that need to be said.
Is it true that my family member must sign a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) prior to being admitted to Hospice?
This is not a requirement for admission. A DNR status has no bearing on the care the patient and family will receive. Hospice is about having choices everyone can be comfortable with.
Should we wait until our brother has only a few days to live before calling Hospice?
No. When a referral is made in the last few days of a patient’s life, the full aspect of Hospice care cannot be provided. When a patient is told there is no further curative treatment, a referral to Hospice should be made.
Is Hospice care expensive?
Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances. Medicare and Medicaid Hospice Benefits cover all hospice services related to the terminal diagnosis, and requires little, if any, out of pocket expense. Private insurances pay differently and expenses for the patient and family may vary. In this case, the patient will be informed of any possible costs, upon admission to Hospice.
Obviously, you may have more specific questions than those presented here. If so, we suggest that you contact us at 501-762-4634 or inquire below about Hospice of Central Arkansas.
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