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Hospice Can Help

Posted 4/22/2016 by UHBlog

When we hear hospice, we may think all hope is lost and the end is near. But what many people say after they have hospice care is, ‘why didn’t we start hospice sooner?’

Sometimes cancer treatment to cure may no longer be an option. Treatment might not help, or it may make the person with cancer more uncomfortable. This is when hospice can help. The focus of hospice is on caring, not curing. Hospice care doesn’t treat the illness but it does relieve suffering. Each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity. Hospice cares for all needs: emotional, physical and spiritual.

Hospice care brings together a team of people with special skills. Hospice workers are nurses, doctors, social workers, spiritual advisors and trained volunteers.

A hospice worker visits regularly and is available in an emergency – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Patients’ families are also an important focus of hospice care. Services are designed to give caregivers help and support as well.

Hospice care most often takes place at home. However, care can also be given in hospitals, nursing homes and hospice centers. Under most insurance plans, including Medicare, acceptance into hospice care requires a statement by a doctor and the hospice medical director.

Seeking help from hospice does not have to be a permanent choice. A patient can stop using hospice services at any time.

If you have questions about hospice care, please call University Hospitals Hospice at 216-844-4663 or 1-800-552-8442 or visit UHhospitals.org/Hospice.

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