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Our promise to you…

Santa Rita Hospice is focused on delivering comprehensive and compassionate care to terminally ill patients and their families. We are committed to caring for people with life-limiting illnesses, ensuring their quality of life and helping them cope with the uncertainties and fears associated with this last phase of life.  Santa Rita’s Hospice understands that it’s about living each day with dignity and as comfortably as possible. Our dedicated team understands that at the end of life, it’s about the quality, not quantity of those precious remaining days. And knowing the invaluable benefits of hospice, our care management team is most qualified to assist the individuals and their families with the last phase of a person’s life.

The Value of Hospice Care

Helping people live life to the fullest

Hospice is not a place but a unique idea that provides palliative care (pain control) and support to enhance comfort and promote the quality of life for individuals with life-limiting conditions. In most cases, hospice care is provided in the patient’s home and is focused on caring, not curing and preserving dignity and always respecting the patient choice. The goal of hospice care is to work closely with the patient/family and their physician, to help patients live as fully as possible and to provide relief from pain and symptoms. Accepting care means you want to help your loved one to live the remainder of his or her time to the fullest. Remember, hospice isn’t about giving up, it’s about living!

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice care focuses on promoting comfort and improving the quality of life for persons and their families faced with life-limiting illness. Typically, a family member serves as the primary caregiver and, when appropriate, helps make decisions for the terminally ill individual but anyone can request hospice. In order to qualify for hospice care, the patient must have a diagnosis, that if it follows its typical course, his or her life expectancy might be six months or less. A common myth is that hospice is only for those who are imminently dying but some patients may improve and live 6 months or longer and remain in hospice care. In other words, hospice neither hastens or prolongs the dying process but focuses on improving the quality of life by controlling pain and symptoms associated with the terminal illness.

Hospice treats the whole person, not just the disease and offers a support system to both the patient and their family. Hospice can be provided in the patient’s home surrounded by their loved ones, or in a hospital, nursing home, hospital or independent facility. An interdisciplinary team of professionals and trained volunteers develops a care plan that strives to meet the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of each patient and family for as long as its appropriate. Also, when receiving hospice services, all medications and medical equipment related to your terminal illness are provided at no cost. It sounds expensive, but hospice is very affordable and in many cases, free and easily accessible. Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans cover hospice at $0 cost to the patient and their families.

When is it time for Hospice?

  • A referral to hospice is appropriate when the patient and family have opted for palliate treatment for life-limiting or “terminal illness.
  • There is a major event in chronic / advanced disease course and/or symptoms are becoming harder to manage
  • Increased hospitalization, with less time between hospitalizations and/or caregiver burden are escalating
  • The main priority is comfort and relief from pain or other symptoms and/or patient talks about wanting to die
  • Ending curative treatments are being considered

Common End of Life Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Nausea / Vomiting
  • Anorexia / Cachexia
  • Weakness / Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Delirium

Common Hospice Care Diagnoses

  • End stage heart disease
  • End stage pulmonary disease
  • End stage renal disease
  • End stage liver disease
  • Dimentia due to Azhiemer’s Disease and related disorders
  • HIV disease
  • Stoke & Coma

What can a hospice team do?

Physical Support

  • Pain and Symptom management
  • Education for family and caregivers on providing care to comfort patient
  • Provide the caregiver with respite time when pain or symptoms become too difficult to manage at home

Emotional Support

  • Bereavement counseling for patients and family, including up to 12 months of additional support for family/caregiver
  • Assists the patient with the emotional, psychosocial and spiritual aspects of dying

Spiritual Support

  • Counseling or arrangements for patients and family to meet with our chaplain or clergy member of choice

Social Support

  • Help with financial and other practical matters so that patient, caregiver and family members can spend more time together
  • Care coordination and support and making connections with community resources

Members of a Hospice Team

  • The patient and the family/caregiver
  • Hospice Physician
  • Dedicated Hospice Nurse
  • Social Worker
  • Chaplain
  • Licensed Nursing Aide
  • Community Volunteers
  • Bereavement counselor
  • Additional team members may include dietitian, occupational or physical therapist and pharmacist

Hospice care brings hope.

We know that finding the right hospice care can be overwhelming, whether it’s for you or for your loved ones. Unless you have benefited from hospice care already, you may be uncertain or anxious about what this entails and with so many factors to consider, the right decision can be a daunting task to accomplish alone. Let Santa Rita’s Hospice care management team listen and understand your needs, answer your questions and help you make the right decisions today. Coping with the pressure of serious illness can be difficult but our experienced care management team will be there with you every step of the way, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!

“Hospice is about bringing hope and reducing fears during a very critical yet special time in your family’s life. Santa Rita’s Hospice is committed to joining you through this journey with compassion and love, offering the very best in the relief of suffering.”
– Rosalie A., Owner

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Would you like more info about Santa Rita Hospice?
Contact us here or call us at (720) 459-7912