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You’re Not Alone In This

Whether you’re facing a life-limiting illness or you’re caring for someone who is, hospice care can help you and your family during this difficult time. You’re not alone and you’re not giving up. You’re taking the next step to improve your quality of life and spend meaningful time with friends and family.

Hospice Explained

Hospice is a special kind of healthcare patients receive after they are diagnosed with an illness that physicians believe will be terminal, primarily within six months. When a patient enters into hospice care, they are usually not receiving treatment intended to cure their diagnosis, but instead are choosing to focus on maximizing their quality of life with treatments to promote comfort and help manage pain.

That’s where your hospice care team comes in, delivering expert care, helpful emotional support, and social and spiritual connections. To do that, we have a team of caregivers to make sure you have the support and care you need.

Here are a few of the services available with Brookdale Hospice:

  • Skilled nursing
  • Hospice aides
  • Bereavement care
  • Companion support
  • Volunteer support
  • Medical social workers 
  • 24-7 on-call support
  • Spiritual and pastoral care
  • Music therapy

It can be difficult to talk about end-of-life care, but learning about the benefits of hospice can give you and your family more choices as you face a life-limiting illness.

Learn more about how hospice can comfort you and your family and improve your quality of life.

Four Kinds of Care

Hospice care falls into four categories, but you're not limited to just one type of care. During your treatment, you’ll have access to all four care options depending on what you and your family need:

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Routine Home Care

Routine home care is when members of the hospice team visit the patient at home to help manage symptoms and make sure they are as comfortable as possible. The team also educates the family on how to best care for their loved one. This care plan also includes medications, equipment and treatments related to the individual’s needs.

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Continuous Care

When hospice team members work in shifts of up to 24 hours a day, it’s known as continuous care. This is often an alternative to admitting a patient to the hospital and usually happens when they are having acute symptoms that can’t be managed by the family members. All hospice services that receive funding from Medicare are required to offer continuous care.

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General Inpatient Care

Inpatient care occurs when your loved one’s needs can no longer be managed at home. This is often provided in a hospital, skilled nursing community or freestanding hospice center where patients can receive personalized, round-the-clock care.

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Respite Care

Taking care of a loved one in their final stage of life can take an emotional toll on caregivers. Rather than waiting until exhaustion leads to depression and fatigue, respite care gives you an opportunity to have up to five consecutive days and nights of relief from caregiving duties. During that time, your family member will receive the help they need from hospice team members in a qualified care center.

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