What is Hospice Care?
Hospice care is a compassionate form of care that is designed to provide non-curative treatment and palliative care to individuals diagnosed with a life-limiting illness as well as supportive services to their loved ones. It offers a support system of medical, social, psychological and spiritual services that promotes dignity and affirms quality of life. It is a continuum of care ranging from routine home care to inpatient care with emphasis on maintaining the patient at home in their most familiar, comfortable and least restrictive environment.
At Mother Teresa Hospice, we offer comprehensive care and support to our patients and their families each and every day. We’ll help your loved one to be as comfortable as possible and give your family and caregivers the resources and support they need to help care for them. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we provide the care and support to help your loved one live life as comfortably and meaningfully as possible. "Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do...but how much love we put in that action."- Mother Teresa.
When is the right time?
When curative treatment is no longer an option.
When the emphasis of treatment changes to comfort, symptom control and enhancing quality of life.
When patients begin to realize and accept that they are not going to get better. Patients may know this before others do. Mother Teresa counselors are available to support patients and families as they reach this awareness.
When a physician thinks hospice can help.
When you or a loved one are facing a serious, life-limiting illness.
Timely access to care is important. The helpful staff at Mother Teresa Hospice can direct you to the appropriate program. Members of the Hospice and Palliative Care Teams can be most helpful when they have time to build a trusting relationship with patients and their loved ones before the situation becomes critical. Mother Teresa Hospice's goal is helping people maximize life, regardless of where they are in their lives.
Hospice patients 65 or over who are enrolled in Medicare will find that their hospice care is fully covered by the Medicare Hospice Benefit. The Pennsylvania Medicaid Hospice Benefit and most private insurance plans also cover hospice care. Our knowledgeable staff of benefits specialists can help patients and families apply for Medicaid coverage.
As a not-for-profit community based hospice organization, we do not turn anyone away. Hospice services are provided regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. The generous contributions we receive from community supporters enable us to care for our neighbors.
Where does hospice occur?
Hospice care is provided wherever the patient calls home. Most often care is provided in the patient’s home but is also available in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
A family member or close friend serves as the primary caregiver when you are cared for in your private home and members of our interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers and chaplains will visit to support the patient and family. Medical equipment and supplies needed to support the patient during hospice care will be delivered to you.
When a crisis develops or when symptoms become too difficult to manage at home, short-term care can be provided in one of Mother Teresa Hospice's contracted inpatient care centers.
When home is a long-term care or assisted living facility, the Mother Teresa Care Team will work with the facility staff to provide the best possible care and see to it that psychosocial and spiritual needs are met.
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