Hospice is a term that seems to perplex many people—and not just seniors, but their families too. People confuse it with Home Health care and Palliative Care, which certainly have elements of hospice, including many of the healthcare professionals, but they are not the same thing. What are the differences?
Home Health Services
Like Palliative and Hospice care, Home Health services are under the direction of a physician. However, it can be prescribed for something as minor as a fall or as severe as surgery. It helps the physician ensure that once a patient has been released from a hospital or a rehabilitation center, they will continue to heal and avoid any unnecessary infections. A home health care team typically includes registered nurses (RNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) who provide skilled nursing services; physical, occupational and speech therapists; plus medical social workers and certified home health aides who come to the patient to help bring them back to a state of wellness.
In Palliative Care, individuals are receiving curative treatments for life-threatening disorders as cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, dementia, etc. The palliative care comes into play in the form of other therapies that may improve their overall well-being, including treatment for depression, loss of appetite or sleep issues; pain management, massage for aches and pains; help with financial or legal issues. The members of a palliative care team are generally board certified in both palliative and hospice care.
Hospice care is only recommended when an individual has less than six months to live and for whom all curative treatments have either not worked or been rejected by the patient. It is a philosophy that allows an individual to live out their last few months in a dignified manner, surrounded by family and friends. Hospice care can include a variety of services: a volunteer to help tidy your home or just keep you company, a registered nurse who can provide answers to your medical questions or refer them to the physician for comment, therapists who can help the patient with their emotional health, clergy who can give spiritual support, and bereavement groups that can help the entire family better understand what is happening and how they can better cope with it.
Luxe Hospice care is dedicated to offering patients an individualized plan of care that meets the physical, emotional and spirituals needs of the dying and their families. We aim to ensure their comfort through pain management whether it is a physical, emotional or spiritual pain; dignity, and quality of life while under the care of our hospice team.
We offer our hospice services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information about Luxe Hospice and how we can better serve you and your family, please contact us at 310-459-2040 or email now, email: info@LuxeHC.com.