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Hospice Care


Thank you for choosing and trusting OneSource Hospice to care for you and your family. It is an honor to be a part of your journey.

Our promise to you and your family:

❤ To provide comfort, compassion, respect, support, calmness, and peace. We are here for you and your family every step of the way.
❤ Individualized care, our focus is on your goals and wishes and what is most important to you to honor every moment of life.
❤ You will have the same compassion hospice team throughout care.
❤ Experienced hospice team with expertise in pain and symptom management.
❤ To provide you and your family with emotional support.
❤ Dedicated after-hours hospice team available 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.

At OneSource, we are here to support you and your family's wishes and goals and to ensure that you are able to live every moment of life with dignity, peace, and comfort.

When a disease or illness has defied treatment, our compassionate team at Onesource is here to help. Onesource has always committed itself to offering the highest quality hospice care to our patients.

Hospice care helps provide individuals reaching the end of their lives hope, comfort, and a restored quality of life in the days leading up to their death. It can help people suffering from terminal diseases manage their symptoms and pain so that they can spend their last days in peace, comfort, and the companionship of their loved ones.

At OneSource, we are here to help ensure all our patients receive optimal hospice care. The vast majority of our work is devoted to helping people achieve the maximum possible quality of life possible, and we’re able to accomplish this via community outreach as well as our work at the hospice. We're also here to provide support for our patients' families, ensuring that everyone can get the treatment they need, when they need it, to help them make every minute together count.

What is Hospice Care and Who Is It For?

Hospice care focuses on quality of life. Hospice care involves specialized care provided by a team of experts who are educated to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual consolation to patients in the latter stages of chronic disease, and it is available to anyone suffering from a terminal disease, regardless of age or sickness.

The primary distinction between hospice care and home health care is that hospice is for those who are not expected to live more than six months. Home health care on the other hand, is provided to people who require assistance in recuperating from an illness, accident, or surgery, or in managing a chronic health condition.

To be admitted onto hospice, a patient must meet the following criteria:

  • Hospice services are available to any person that has a serious, life-limiting, or terminal illness (defined as a prognosis of 6 months or less as determined by a physician).
  • The burdens of aggressive curative treatment have started to outweigh the benefit of such treatment.
  • The patient and family have decided that their goal is to maximize comfort and quality of life.
  • The patient’s primary care physician has certified that the patient is an appropriate recipient for hospice care

Hospice is a benefit of Medicare, Medicaid, and most other private insurance programs.

What Kind of Services Can I Expect on Hospice?

Hospice care aims to promote the well-being and quality of life of terminally ill adults, children, and adolescents.

At OneSource, we provide several services:

  • Our attending physicians co-certify the prognosis, lead, authorize, and coordinate the treatment plan.
  • Our medical director co-certifies prognosis, collaborates with the team to design a plan of care, consults with other physicians on hospice care, and offers pain and symptom management skills to guarantee the patient's comfort.
  • Our registered nurse examines the physical requirements of the patient, creates and organizes the plan of care, manages pain and symptoms, and offers patient and family education as needed.
  • Our social worker provides emotional support and counseling, as well as assists the family with emotional and even financial needs by assisting the family in gaining access to community resources.
  • Our hospice aide/care partner offers direct personal care to the patient, emotional support to the patient and family, and alerts the RN to any recognized requirements.
  • Our spiritual coordinator gives spiritual support to the patient and family, as well as counseling and assistance with memorial and burial preparations.
  • The volunteer program offers patients and their families critical respite and non-medical assistance. Companionship, assistance around the house, and even service such as errands and support for the patient and family at the time of death and through mourning are all examples of this.
  • Most individuals who are sick enough to require hospice also require assistance with everyday chores (such as dressing, bathing, and cooking), and others may be entirely reliant. Family and friends frequently give this care, and hospice or the family can provide further paid assistance for home health aides.

Your Hospice Team

Our focus is on what is important to you and your family. We are here to support your wishes and goals to ensure that you are comfortable, feel supported, and are able to live every moment of life with dignity, peace, and comfort. The members of our hospice team include the following:

  • Hospice Medical Director 
  • Hospice RN Director
  • Hospice Care Coordinator
  • Hospice RN Case Manager
  • Hospice LPN
  • Hospice Social Worker
  • Hospice Chaplain
  • Hospice Certified Nursing Assistance
  • Hospice Volunteers
  • Physical and Occupational Therapists
  • Speech-language Pathologists
  • Pharmacist

Our caregivers can provide both in-home skilled medical and non-medical care. The hospice care service can provide nurse care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, treating pain and managing most symptoms while allowing most patients to remain at home, even if they are already residing in a nursing home or an assisted living facility. The management and administrative staff at Onesource have over 20 years of experience, successfully serving hundreds of patients at home.

At OneSource, hospice care in the home includes, but is not limited to:

  • Personal care
  • Skilled medical care
  • Sitter services
  • Household services
  • Private duty nursing
  • Companion care
  • Intermittent care
  • Daily living activities
  • Respite care
  • Pediatric care
  • Behavioral health care
  • Various therapeutic needs
  • Care for people with disabilities

How OneSource Helps Our Hospice Care Patients and Their Loved Ones

We take a collaborative approach to hospice care, integrating medical, emotional, spiritual, and social services assistance to patients and their families. Every patient receives a care plan that is personalized to their individual requirements and desires.

OneSource helps provide grief and bereavement services to family members and loved ones. We provide mourning and counseling services to extended families, including children, both before and after a patient's death.

Family members involved in the hospice process have a range of physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. Coping with the death of a loved one is a highly personal process that has different effects on different members of the family. As a result, the hospice team's mission is to be attentive and responsive to the unique needs of each member of the family, as well as the family as a whole.

At OneSource, we aim to improve the quality of life for patients and their carers so that they can live as happily and comfortably as possible. Our hospice care service can provide nurse care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, treating pain and managing most symptoms while allowing most patients to remain at home, even if they are already residing in a nursing home or an assisted living facility.

FAQs about Hospice Care

Is Hospice Care Only for People Who Have a Short Time Left to Live?

Hospice care is provided for those who have a short time to live, but you don’t have to be at the end of your life or suffer from terminal illness to receive hospice care.

For many years, the majority of hospice patients were cancer patients. However, new standards have recently been published to assist hospices in evaluating and admitting patients with heart, lung, kidney, and liver problems, as well as Alzheimer's and dementia. Now, hospice care is available to anyone suffering from a terminal disease, regardless of age or sickness.

How Does Someone Get Hospice Care?

Most people are recommended for hospice care by a health care practitioner. However, contacting a local hospice provider can also initiate the referral process.

A hospice nurse would need to visit to check the patient's requirements, go over the services offered by the provider, and develop an end-of-life care plan.

What Happens if The Patient Gets Better?

Sometimes a patient's health improves while on hospice for a variety of reasons: their nutritional needs are met, their medications are altered, they are socially engaged on a daily basis, they receive more constant medical and/or personal care, and so on.

A significant improvement in a patient's condition may require the doctor to reconsider the patient's six-month prognosis. If the patient's doctor feels he or she will survive longer than six months, hospice is terminated. If or when the patient's condition worsens, the doctor can review the patient. However, if the patient becomes hospice eligible again, he or she might choose to continue receiving hospice care.

How Long Can a Patient Receive Hospice Care?

Hospice care is meant for those who have a life expectancy of six months or less. If the patient lives longer than six months, they can still receive hospice care if the hospice care provider recertifies that the patient is terminally ill.

Patients can receive hospice care for two 90-day benefit periods followed by unlimited 60-day benefit periods. At the start of the first 90-day period, a hospice doctor and primary care provider (if you have one) must certify that that patient is terminally ill with a life expectancy of six months or less.

At the start of each additional benefit period, a hospice doctor must recertify that the patient is terminally ill in order to continue hospice care.

Can I Choose to Stop Hospice Care?

You have the right to stop hospice care at any time. Common reasons to stop hospice care include improved health, illness goes into remission, or the patient decides to seek aggressive treatments that don’t align with hospice care.

If you choose to stop hospice care, you will be asked to sign a revocation form. This will include the date that your care is set to end. As long as you are eligible for hospice, you can continue care at any time.

Is Hospice Care Covered by Insurance?

Hospice care is generally covered by insurance. The majority of people have health insurance via their employment or a retirement program. Individuals without Medicare who have private insurance coverage should contact their health plan directly for detailed information on hospice care, such as what the patient's plan will cover and which out-of-pocket payments the patient and their family may be liable for.

About 90% of hospice patients are covered by Medicare and Medicaid, with the remainder relying on other sources of funding, which for most individuals means private insurance. Most private health plans follow Medicare's hospice requirements: a patient must be diagnosed with a terminal disease (with a life expectancy of six months or fewer) and refuse curative therapy.

Currently, Medicare covers the majority of hospice care in the United States, which covers all elements of hospice care and services. There is no deductible for hospice services, however, medicines and respite care may have a minor co-payment. Medicaid provides comparable coverage in the majority of states.

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