“I wish we had Hospice Care sooner.” A 2007 study published in the Journal of Pain Symptom Management found that hospice patients lived on average 29 more days than those non-hospice patients.
The Benefits of Early Referrals
We often hear the regrets from our patients and familes realizing they should have received hospice service sooner because of the excellent care and additional support they received. At anytime during a life-limiting illness, and especially before a medical crisis, it’s important to discuss with the patient all of the healthcare options, including hospice. Even though some physicians are hesitant to talk about hospice as an option, many patients are grateful and relieved to have their physician initate that conversation and develop a plan of care that focuses on their goals.
Hospice care may be appropriate for any patient with an end-stage illness (such as cancer, pulmonary disease, Alzheimer’s and other non-malignant conditions.) Prognoses are not always certain as some terminal illnesses have unpredictable courses. However, if you believe your patient has six months or less to live, you can certify your patient with Hospice Care. You and our hospice team will develop a care plan, which includes the desires of the patient and the family.
If your patient is enrolled with Hospice Care and lives beyond six months, our staff will make a face-to-face visit with your patient to confirm our care, recertifying as appropriate.
What Hospice Care Offers Facilities
Hospice Care can offer your facility the highest, quality care for your patientsin North Central West Virginia. Hospice Care’s staff is very experienced at providing the most specialized types of patient care. Over 10 years ago, we were selected by the West Virginia Initiative to Improve End-of-Life Care as the first hospice to provide education and training to hospitals and nursing homes in the field of palliative care.
Hospice Care can offer facilities the education and training regarding all aspects of end-of-life, hospice and palliative care including pain and symptom management, grief and bereavment and ethical issues. A visit for your facility can be arranged by contacting Hospice Care at 1-866-656-9790.
If you would like more information about Hospice Care Services contact, Mary Deavers, Director of Access, at 1-866-656-9790 or 304-599-3105.
Hospice Care Corporation Medical Directors
Monongalia, Marion, and Wetzel Counties
Dr. Carl Palmer
Barbour, Preston, Taylor and Tucker Counties
Dr. Julia Ramberg
Barbour, Randolph, and Pocahontas Counties and the regional Inpatient Unit
Dr. Samuel Roberts
Braxton, Gilmer, and Calhoun Counties
Dr. Sally Stewart
Vice President of Medical Services
Dr. Joshua M. Dower