Monthly Archives: April 2015

MYTH: Hospice is a Place

A lot of people, when they think of “hospice” think of a place. This is a misconception about hospice care. If you are receiving hospice care, you do not necessarily have to be a resident of an in-patient facility. Most hospice programs are actually home-based, but there are some programs that provide services in nursing homes, in hospitals, or in separate facilities. Whatever your needs are, there is a program that will enable you to get the hospice care you want.

 

Hospice care simply means care designed to give supportive care to people in the final phase of a terminal illness and focuses on comfort and quality of life, rather than a cure. The goal is to enable patients to be as comfortable of and free of possible, so that they can enjoy the remainder of their lives to the fullest. Here at Pro Care Hospice–your Las Vegas hospice–we strive to provide the most comforting end-of-life experience possible by valuing each patient as an individual. We have a coordinated team of hospice professionals—physicians, nurses, dieticians, spiritual coordinators, physical therapists and speech therapists—to provide you with the hospice care you need. Contact us today!

MYTH: You Need a Referral to Talk to a Hospice

One common misconception about hospice is that you need a referral for hospice care before you can talk to a hospice. This is far from the truth. If you suspect that you or a loved one will need hospice care, you should talk to different places that offer hospice care and find the one that meets your needs the best.

Questions to ask:

-What do others say about the hospice? Get references from people you know and trust.

-Is the hospice accredited and state-licensed?

-How long as the hospice been in operation?

-What is the expectation about the family’s role in caregiving?

-Are there any limitations on the care that can be provided? More specifically, are there are any aspects of your current treatment that the hospice would not be able to do?

-How rapid is crisis response?

-What are the options for inpatient care?

-Is respite care available?

-Are the medical staff certified in palliative care?

-What kind of bereavement services does the hospice offer?

These are just some examples of questions you can ask and consider when choosing a hospice that is right for you. Here at Pro Care Hospice–your Las Vegas hospice–we strive to provide the most comforting end-of-life experience possible by valuing each patient as an individual. Contact us today!

Supporting Someone at End-of-Life

Everyone’s story is different, but for everyone, death is inevitable, and each loss is felt by the loves ones left behind. If you know someone at end of life, you may be struggling with how to support them in this time. You yourself are likely struggling with the news, but in a different way than they are. The last thing you want to do is to become an emotional burden to them. Here are some tips for satisfying both of your needs:

-Don’t underestimate the value of just being present. Spending time with each other is valuable, even if nothing is said. Sharing a meal or watching a television show together goes a long way.

-Let your loved one know that you are there if there is anything they want to talk about. But do not pressure them.

-Accept that different people are going to cope with their illness/diagnosis in different ways. Do not try to force your loved one (or yourself) into a mold. Allow both yourself and your loved one the time you each need.

-Ask your loved one to share stories about his or her life. Learn as much as you can in the time you have left. You will love hearing the stories—there is so much we do not know about even those closest to us—and they will love sharing them.

If you have any questions about hospice, would like to schedule a consultation with us, or would like to receive hospice services, contact Procare Hospice – your Las Vegas hospice – today. We look forward to serving you.

Hospice Does Not Equal Hopeless

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” –Leo Buscaglia

One of the biggest myths about hospice is that it is where you go to die. Do the patients receiving hospice care have a terminal illness? Yes. Are the patients receiving hospice care usually toward the end of their lives? Yes. But hospice embodies Leo Buscalgia’s quote, noted above—it is a place to find peace, to find pleasure in the time you have left, to enjoy the relationships that you have built (or to even build some new ones). It is a place for support and caring—it is all about making your life as great as possible.

Here at Procare Hospice—your Las Vegas hospice—our patients’ quality of life is our highest priority. We strive to provide the most comforting end-of-life experience possible by valuing each patient as an individual.

If you have any questions about hospice, would like to schedule a consultation with us, or would like to receive hospice services, contact Procare Hospice today. We look forward to serving you.

MYTH: Hospice is Only For Cancer Patients

While many of our patients are receiving hospice services as a result of cancer, that is not the only the illness that can result in the need for hospice services. People needing hospice care are diverse. They are old and young, and in-between; they are male and female; they are people with lots of family and people with very little or no family; and they are people who have been diagnosed with a variety of illnesses.

 

Some of the other illnesses that may result in the need for hospice care are as follows:

 

-AIDS

-Heart Disease

-COPD

-Emphysema

-End Stage Renal Disease

-Parkinson’s Disease

Multiple Sclerosis

-Stroke

-Alzheimers

-Motor Neurone Disease

-Muscular Dystrophy

 

This is far from a complete list, but it gives you an idea of the broad range of illnesses that can lead to the need for hospice care.

 

Regardless of what brings a person to us, our goal remains the same: to provide them with the highest quality of life possible. A network of healthcare professionals work together to address the patient’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.

 

Our team consists of personal physicians, hospice physicians, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, social workers, counselors, spiritual care coordinators, volunteers, certified nursing assistants, registered dieticians, physical therapists and speech therapists.

 

Call us today to learn more about our Las Vegas hospice services.

What is Hospice?

Most people have heard the term “hospice” before, but not everyone really understand what that word means. Hospice is a service that is provided to people who are dealing with an illness that is no longer responding to treatment. When someone chooses hospice care, they are choosing health care that is not designed to treat the underlying illness, but it designed to provide comfort and support to the patient, making their quality of life for the remainder of their lifetime as good as possible. The health care professionals providing the hospice care aim to maximize comfort and control the symptoms. They strive to reduce pain and discomfort, and to help address the person’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.

 

Hospice is not just about the patient; it is also about their families and their support system. While the experience is not the same, the families and support system are going through a difficult time, as well, and need to be able to receive the support that they need so that they can continue to effectively support the patient, while coping with their own struggles.

 

For more information about hospice in general, or the services that Procare Hospice has to offer, give us a call!

Heart Disease and Hospice

There are many different reasons why a person should be considering hospice care. Severe heart disease is definitely one of the. If you have this devastating condition, your body has probably been put through the wringer. Constant doctor and hospital visits and tons of medications must get old fast, especially when it only seems like your symptoms are getting worse.

Then, as if that didn’t sound terrible enough, you get a glimmer of hope. Your symptoms improve for a little while. Then your health spirals right back down taking the morale of you and your family with it. That is when you know it may be time to seek hospice care.

Hospice Care and Heart Disease

Hopefully you know by now that hospice care focuses on your comfort and helping you enjoy your last days. If that sounds tragic, it shouldn’t. It just means that you are choosing the highest possible quality of life. It means you don’t want to live like you are right now. Choosing hospice means you want to manage your pain and symptoms. This choice also says that you are ready to accept that being cured is unlikely.

If you’ve come to this place in your health journey, you are not alone. The Las Vegas hospice services can help you determine if you qualify for this style of care. You also need to set some realistic goals for your health over the next few months if this is going to be the route you choose.

How to Qualify

First and foremost, two different doctors have to say that you probably won’t live longer than six months. You’re a perfect candidate if a specialized doctor said there was nothing more that could be done for you to help you live longer. Death has become inevitable because you feel like you have tried absolutely everything to get better.

Set Realistic Goals

If you get this far, now you have to decide how you want your care to look. Do you want to stay home and away from hospitals? Do you want to be cared for by nurses or family caregivers? Are you open to receiving a multi-directional style of care including spiritual and emotional health?

If you’re not ready for hospice care, you are probably still interested in being taken to the hospital when things get particularly severe. You have to remember that most insurances will not cover hospice and hospital visits for the same illness at the same time.

What makes hospice so amazing is that you don’t have to worry about being hospitalized. You will still receive amazing care at the hands of your hospice care team of nurses and doctors.

If you’re still not convinced, you can schedule a consultation with Las Vegas hospice services to get more information. Definitely consider that Pro-Care Hospice of Nevada may be the right choice. The nurses and staff are dedicated to providing comfort and support to all the patients. They strive to give patients the best experience possible. For more information about Las Vegas hospice services, contact 702.380.8300.