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One of the most difficult decisions we make as we care for an elderly loved one is deciding if nursing home care is right for them.

While we have several good nursing homes in Southeast Texas, making the best choice for your loved one can be tough – there is a website by Medicare to help: Nursing Home Compare , tho some of the information found is self-reported and not verified by 3rd party interviews. As reported recently: “many other top-ranked nursing homes have been given a seal of approval that is based on incomplete information and that can seriously mislead consumers, investors and others about conditions at the homes.” (NYT).
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There is a more in-depth site provided to Texas Residents by the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS): Long Term Care Quality Reporting System. By entering your desired zip code or county name, you can review Potential Advantages, Disadvantages, Inspection reports, any violations of rules, life safety reports and health reports – critical information to make an informed decision for sure. Keep in mind some nursing homes may have had issues in the past and have made changes to correct those.

The Long Term Care Quality Reporting System also allows you to search for quality in Assisted Living Facilities, Adult Day Care, and Home Health Care. There’s not one yet available for hospice care, though the pieces are being put into place for inclusion soon. We’ll be posting links to the site as soon as it’s available.

 

4 Hospice Myths

The Truth about Hospice

Updated May 22, 2014.

Despite recent growths in hospice awareness, access, and utilization, myths about hospice are still prevalent in our culture. These misconceptions contribute to the under-utilization of hospice services. Only 36% of people who died in 2006 died on hospice care.

This is unfortunate, since so many patients who are in need of expert pain and symptoms control, as well as emotional, social, and spiritual support, don’t receive them.

What are these myths that are so detrimental to the care of the dying?

Myth #1: Hospice Care Means Giving Up Hope

Choosing hospice care in no way means a patient is giving up hope. It may mean redefining hope. Where a patient once hoped for a cure they may now hope to be pain-free. Hope for a patient may mean seeing a distant friend or relative one last time or taking the trip to the beach. Hope could be as simple as wanting to spend as much time with loved ones as possible, or remaining at home rather than having to go to the hospital or a nursing home.

Hope looks different in hospice care but it is certainly not lost. The hospice team can help patients accomplish tasks, fulfill wishes, and maintain hope.

Myth #2: Hospice Means That I Have To Sign a DNR

Having a Do Not Resuscitate order (DNR) in place is not a requirement to receive hospice care. Signing a DNR means that you do not want to be resuscitated with CPR or other means should your breathing or heart stop. While many patients on hospice elect to have a DNR in place, it is not the right choice for everyone. The goal of hospice is patient comfort with the patient directing care. No decisions should ever be forced upon patients, including hospice patients.

Myth #3: Hospice Is Only for Cancer Patients

In reality, 51% of hospice patients are admitted to hospice with chronic, non-cancer diagnoses. That means just under half of hospice patients have cancer. Some of the most common non-cancer diagnoses in hospice are heart disease, dementia, lung disease, kidney disease, and liver disease. The hospice team is very skilled at managing symptoms of cancer and equally skilled at managing symptoms of many other chronic illness.

Myth #4: Hospice Is Only for Patients who Are Close to Death or Actively Dying

If there is one myth that bothers me most, it’s this one. Because of the highly skilled care that hospice workers can provide to their patients, hospice works best when the team has time to deliver it. The dying process takes time. Patients and their loved ones need support, information, and medical care. Social workers and chaplains need time to work with patients and their loved ones to bring them to a place of acceptance. Nurses and doctors need time to get the patient’s symptoms optimally managed.

The work of the dying takes more time than the average length a patient is on hospice. Currently, the average length of stay on hospice is only 14-20 days. It saddens me to think of all the care those patients missed out on.

Removing the stigma of hospice and redefining end-of-life care is essential to the future of health care. The population of seniors in the U.S. is expected to double in the next 30 years. That means more people will be living with chronic, life-limiting illness that need expert end-of-life care. Dispelling these myths about hospice can bring us one step closer to providing quality, highly skilled care to patients at the end of life.

 

http://dying.about.com/od/whatishospice/a/hospicemyths.htm

For patients and their loved ones facing a terminal illness, Compassion Hospice provides care without compromise in the comfort of home.

 

Nationally accredited and locally owned, we accept Texan Plus, HealthSpring, most private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. We also provide palliative care, grief support, and private duty service.

 

If you’re considering hospice for yourself or a loved one, there is help. Contact Compassion Hospice today.

Call: 835-8357

 

Comfort | Dignity | Respect

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Studies have shown wide variances in cancer care exist across the US, here are 7 tips for Receiving Better Cancer Care:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/7-ways-to-get-better-cancer-care/

“Don’t confuse palliative and hospice care with giving up hope of living longer. In actuality, patients with invasive cancers who receive palliative care along with cancer treatments tend to enjoy better quality of life and live longer. Similarly, cancer patients who receive hospice care tend to live longer than those who don’t.”

Compassion Hospice offers our Bridges program – free to the public, we’re here to help improve the quality of life for both patients and families facing advanced or chronic illness. We offer guidance, support to alleviate stress and anxiety, and education for those living with advanced or chronic illness.

“The reasons are not mysterious. Palliative and hospice care teams provide meticulous clinical attention to people’s pain and other symptoms, as well as support for their emotional and spiritual concerns. These programs provide medications needed to control pain and other discomfort, visits by highly skilled nurses, a team of professionals, and quick access to someone to answer questions or manage problems 24 hours a day. It’s little wonder that people with advanced cancer who receive such comprehensive whole-person care are able to feel a bit better and survive longer.”

For more information about the Bridges program, call Ashley Klamfoth at 409-239-5690

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2013 was another banner year for Compassion Hospice – besides helping a growing number of Southeast Texans during this important time, we provided >$150,000 in free care to the area’s needy, grew the number of Southeast Texans employed by Compassion Hospice by 50%, AND had a great color run fundraiser featuring Southeast Texas’ own Kree Harrison, all while focusing on providing a world-class hospice experience for our friends, families and loved ones.

2014 promises to be even better as we move into new facilities to accommodate our growing team – look for construction to begin soon on Eastex Freeway next to Cathedral In the Pines. We’ll be adding sister companies to extend our compassionate caring services to those in need. We are also focusing more within the company on our staff development and education – our goal this year to be among the leaders nation-wide in quality care.

We thank everyone for trusting us with the care of your loved ones, it is truly an honor. We look forward to doing more of the same in 2014.