Monthly Archives: October 2015

Knowing When to Consider Hospice Care

Hospice care provides supportive care to patients in the final stages of a debilitating or terminal illness, allowing them to remain at home instead of in a hospital. It’s also an option for people who opt for palliative or supportive care instead of on trying to cure their condition. For example, some illnesses require treatment that is invasive or causes extreme side effects. These patients might prefer to focus on maintaining a high quality of life and remaining comfortable during the time they have left. At ProCare Hospice of Nevada, we can help you determine if hospice is the right choice for you and your family.

 

Who’s Eligible for Hospice Care


Hospice provides services for patients diagnosed with (but not limited to):

  • Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Renal Failure
  • Stroke

Hospice care is available to anyone who meets criteria. At ProCare Hospice of Nevada, you will be given appropriate and professional hospice care.

 

Benefits of Hospice Care


Hospice care can ease the burden not only on patients but also on their family members and other caregivers. This service not only provides medical treatment, but also counseling and spiritual support to help patients and their loved ones to help them deal with their diagnosis and prepare for what’s to come. In addition, hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private healthcare insurance providers, meaning patients and their families don’t have to foot the cost of the bill.

 

When to Choose Hospice Care


Even if you or a loved one is eligible for hospice, it’s not the only option and might not even be the best choice for your situation. However, you might want to consider it if the treatment for your condition is painful or uncomfortable and impairs your quality of life without providing significant medical benefit. In this case, hospice care can alleviate some of the symptoms of your condition without requiring inpatient care or invasive procedures.

 

You might also consider it if you want to remain at home during the final stages of your illness instead of in a hospital. With hospice care, a nurse will visit you regularly and you’ll still have access to medical care, but you can remain in your home as long as possible.

 

The staff at ProCare Hospice of Nevada specializes in providing compassionate care to patients in the Las Vegas area. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a life­limiting illness, we can help you decide if hospice is the right choice for you. Call us today at (702) 380-8300.