Hospice care is a special kind of care that focuses on the quality of life for people and their caregivers who are experiencing an advanced, life-limiting illness. Hospice care provides compassionate care for people in the last phases of incurable disease so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible.
There is a common misconception that choosing hospice means giving up. Choosing hospice is deciding to enroll in a program that provides specialized care. The hospice team is highly trained in end-of-life care, which can be provided anywhere the patient calls home, whether in assisted living, a nursing home, or a private residence. Hospice facilitates extra resources for the patient and their family including, physical, emotional, and spiritual care. Additionally, hospice provides in-depth education on the disease process, medications, nutrition, fall prevention, and end-of-life care.
To be accepted into a hospice program, you need a doctor's referral and a prognosis of six months or less to live. You do not have to wait for your doctor to suggest hospice care. You may ask for a referral. The costs are covered by Medicare nationwide and by most Medicaid and private insurance policies. If you have any questions about your payer source please give us a call at 832-437-7944.
Hospice is available for anyone with a terminal illness and a diagnosis of 6 months or less to live. Other illnesses may include COPD, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, stroke, etc.
Patients can continue to see their primary care provider for illnesses unrelated to their hospice diagnosis. In addition, patients may choose whether they want their doctor or our hospice doctor to follow them while on service.
Hospice care neither hastens death nor prolongs life but instead allows for a better quality of life. At Katy Hospice, LLC, all treatment plans and medications regimens are reviewed and adjusted regularly by our interdisciplinary team, including our medical director and nurses.
Patients can discontinue hospice services at any time to pursue other treatment options, reinstate traditional medical care, or simply change their mind. Sometimes patients can show unexpected signs of improvement and no longer need hospice services. The hospice team will work with the patient and family to ensure a smooth transition.
Once we receive a referral from your doctor, our nurse will set up a consultation within 24 hours. After consultation, the patient and family can choose if they would like to receive hospice services. If they decide to come on service, the admission can take place immediately. Upon admission, medication, medical supplies, and medical equipment will be delivered.