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Does Hospice provide care only during the last hours of a patient’s life?

It is most advantageous to begin end-of-life care as early as possible. The care provided by New Hope Hospice Care offers relief from pain and distressing symptoms, psychosocial support for the patient and family, spiritual support for the patient and family as well as education and coping skills.

Will my doctor remain my doctor under hospice care?

New Hope Hospice Care functions as an extension of, not in place of, the patient’s attending physician. New Hope Hospice Care also has a medical director available to help patients who have no physician.

Is there any special equipment or are there any changes that have to be made to my home before hospice care begins?

New Hope Hospice Care will assess your individual needs, recommend any necessary equipment, and help make arrangements in obtaining such equipment. Often, the need for equipment is minimal at first and increases as the disease progresses.

How many family members or friends does it take to care for a patient at home?

There is no set number. One of the first things the New Hope Hospice Care team will do is prepare an individualized plan of care that will meet the needs and goals of the patient and family. Hospice staff members visit regularly and are always accessible to answer questions and provide support.

Do I have to be homebound to receive hospice services?

No. Hospice is about living fully. We encourage patients to do what they enjoy as they are able. The hospice team assists patients and families in achieving their goals and dreams as much as possible.

How does hospice work to keep the patient comfortable?

Many patients may have pain and other serious symptoms as their illness progresses. At New Hope Hospice Care, our staff receives special training to care for all types of physical and emotional symptoms that cause pain, discomfort and distress. Our staff works with the patient’s physician to make sure that medication, therapies, and procedures are designed to achieve the goals outlined in the patient’s plan of care. This plan of care is frequently reviewed to ensure its effectiveness and appropriateness related to the patient’s symptoms.