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For those of us with Alzheimer’s, making our needs and desires known becomes increasingly more difficult as the illness progresses. Making our personal care choices known while we are still able to understand their meaning can reduce stress and improve our quality of life as we ease into later years.

Advanced dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is the sixth leading cause of death overall in the United States. It is the fifth leading cause for people over 65, and the third for those over 85. Yet once the disease approaches its terminal stages, patients are unable to communicate their desires for or against life-prolonging therapies, some of which can actually make their last days more painful and hasten their demise.

NYT: An Advance Directive For Patients With Dementia

Alzheimers and Personal Care Choices

“With dementia, by the time you get to the point of having to decide what you want done, you’ve largely lost the capacity to do so. Many people don’t realize that making these choices in advance does not cause people to lose hope.”

At Compassion we have Chaplains, Counselors and Social Workers well-versed in understanding your personal care choices, we can help you express those wishes. Call us today at 835-8357 and we’ll help.

Compassion Hospice has been recognized, again, for giving some of the best care in the nation!

Hospice Honors the Best Hospice Care
Measured against thousands of hospices nation-wide the HealthcareFirst/Deyta Hospice Honors program bases their awards on many of the same things we as consumers of healthcare look for – what has been the experience of those who have actually used this hospice’s services in the past?

“With increased transparency to the public eye, hospices have a greater incentive for quality performance improvement, as well as an opportunity to shine in a competitive market”. The Hospice Honors is a landmark compilation of hospices providing the best patient and caregiver experience… “This prestigious annual review recognizes hospices that continuously provide the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view,” said J. Kevin Porter, President and CEO of HEALTHCAREfirst. “I am proud to call these hospices clients of HEALTHCAREfirst and Deyta Analytics, and anticipate seeing even more of our customers recognized in years to come.”

Where did the results come from?

Based on the results of family satisfaction surveys from 2016-2017, we were honored that so many have trusted us with the care of their loved one and were willing to share that experience with others.

Individual hospice performance scores were aggregated from all surveys with a final survey status of complete for the evaluation period and were compared on a question-by-question basis to a national performance score calculated from all partnering hospices contained in HEALTHCAREfirst‘s Hospice CAHPS database.

We have an awesome team here, thank you for your trust.

Find the best care for your loved oneMedicare recently launched a new site to help us find the best care for our loved ones with Hospice Compare. It’s a website aimed at helping us find the best care by sifting through the marketing pitches of the 30-40 hospices serving our area.

How do families rate their experience of care?

Once on the site, put in the zip code you’re looking for help in (say 77706 or 75951 ), and you’ll be presented with all the Medicare hospices that are licensed to serve that area. When you click on their name, you’ll get two sets of information: The top section is information from the Hospice Family satisfaction surveys sent out to the families of former patients of the hospice (in other words, not what the hospice says in their marketing, but how families actually report their care experience). 8 questions out of about 40 from the survey are included. The hospice’s results are in the left column and the national average for that question is in the right column. Spoiler: Compassion Hospice is rated significantly above national averages in every question. 🙂

What information does Medicare collect regarding quality of care?

The next section below are questions Medicare collects each quarter from licensed hospices regarding how patients are cared for on admission. Are patient’s care wishes discussed? Was their pain or shortness of breath taken care of? (if applicable). This information is collected from the hospice after each admission. Compassion Hospice is rated significantly above national averages in every question. 🙂
For the best hospice choose Compassion Hospice

How does Compassion Hospice compare to other hospices in my area?

While on the site, you can compare up to 3 hospices at a time – click on the “compare” button of the 2 or 3 you’re considering and see how families rate their experience and Medicare reports their care. Compassion Hospice rates significantly higher than every other hospice in Southeast Texas 🙂

If you are looking for the best care for your loved one, please call Compassion Hospice at (409) 835-8357 .

For more information, be sure and check out a couple of articles on the web about the site:

America Academy of Family Physicians on Hospice Compare.

CMS Administrator Seema Verma, M.P.H., called the website “an important tool” that will help empower consumers in a “time of vulnerability” as they look for the details they need to make critical decisions about where to go for hospice care.

AARP discusses the Hospice Compare website.

this website could be particularly useful when, for example, the person needing hospice care lives in one part of the country and family members live somewhere else. “Something like this can really help give them a start,”

Compassion Hospice is now offering a grief and bereavement support group that is open to the community and is free of charge. This group is for those coping with life trials and loss. It can be for a variety of reasons: relocating, coping with a diagnosis, loss of a friend or loved one, or simply to connect with other people to feel healthy again. This meeting is to inspire and to be a helping hand for those in need. For additional information call Lindsey Rivas at 409-835-8357.