Hospice: It’s About How You Live

For nearly 10 years I have spent my career in hospice. From marketing, management and operations I have learned that all Americans deserve quality care at the end of life- it’s a fundamental part of living. Hospice Care is the model of high-quality, compassionate care that helps patients and families live as fully as possible. • Hospice cares for more than 1.65 million Americans, and their families, every year- a number that continues to grow. • The focus is on caring, not curing. Hospice utilizes an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals and trained volunteers that address symptom control, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. • Hospice is not “giving up,” nor is it a form of euthanasia or physician assisted suicide. Hospice Provides the Care Americans Have Said They Want. • A Gallop poll reveals that close to nine in ten adults (88%) would prefer to die in their homes, free of pain, surrounded by family and loved ones. Hospice works to make this happen. • National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization research shows that 94% of families who had a loved one cared for by hospice rated the care as very good to excellent. • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has indicated that expanding the reach of hospice care holds enormous potential benefits for those nearing the end of life, whether they are in nursing homes, their own homes, or in hospitals. Hospice Care is Not Limited to Six-months of Service • The Medicare Hospice Benefit requires that a terminally-ill patient have a prognosis of six months or less: There is not a six-month limit to hospice care services. • Hospice eligibility requirements should not be confused with length of service. • A patient in the final phase of life may receive hospice care for as long as necessary when a physician certifies that he or she continues to meet eligibility requirements. • Under the Medicare Hospice Benefit, two 90-day periods of care (a total of six months) are followed by an unlimited number of 60-day periods. Choosing a hospice One of the best ways to choose a hospice is to ask questions. A local provider such as Hospice of Laurens County is more than willing to help you understand services and how they might be appropriate for your specific situation. Our office is located at 1304 Springdale Drive in Clinton. Our agency began in 1987 and has served thousands of patients over the past 28 years. We provide care wherever the patient calls home. Although the majority of our patients we serve live in Laurens County, we are licensed in eight counties. Abbeville, Greenwood, Greenville, Spartanburg, Saluda, Laurens, Newberry and Union counties. Our clinical team is led by our Medical Director Patsy Sadler. Dr. Sadler and the hospice team are here to provide end-of-life care to our community. Hospice of Laurens County has the only inpatient unit in our county (the nearest is over 30 miles away). Most of the care is provided in the patient’s home but the hospice house is a crown jewel and a safety net for many families. The 12 bed facility was built in 2008. SAVE THE DATE: FLIGHT OF THE DOVE 11, August 27, 2016 at Presbyterian College. This is our largest fundraiser which draws nearly 500 cyclists from all over the southeast. Please contact our office at 864-833-6287 when we can assist. Our website is www.hospiceoflaurenscounty.com. We are here to help. (Jay Wilson is executive director of Hospice of Laurens County.)

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