SilverStone Hospice – Increasing Service Utilization Through Timely Referrals

Anyone who chooses comfort care to harsh treatments or when curative therapy is no longer an option may receive hospice care. Hospice allows patients to focus on their quality of life while also giving them the ability to make choices about their own care and treatment options.Learn more by visiting SilverStone Hospice

Hospice patients are entitled to a wide variety of services at no additional cost. The interdisciplinary team consists of physicians, nurses, social workers, spiritual care, grief support, and hospice aides. Volunteers are an important part of the hospice staff. All of these services are available, depending on the preferences and needs of hospice patients and their loved ones.

Despite the fact that the hospice benefit is designed to cover the last six months of life, referrals to hospice are often made in the last hours or days of life.

A set of disease-specific criteria governs the hospice benefit. There are also protections in place to assist those who don’t have a well-defined disease. The hospice benefit is available to anybody who meets the criteria and does not have a time restriction.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) estimates that 33% of hospice patients die within seven days after their arrival. They arrive too late to benefit from all hospice services.

According to NHPCO study, patients who get complete hospice care live an average of twenty-nine days longer than individuals who have the same disease. Patients and family members often express regret to hospice caregivers for not learning about hospice sooner.

Hospice care promotes feelings of safety and well-being by emphasising the critical significance of life’s latter phases. When people feel physically, emotionally, and spiritually comfortable, they can focus their attention on the aspects of their lives that matter the most. This usually involves maintaining important relationships with loved ones, reflecting on one’s inner life, and assisting in the resolution of unresolved problems or the realisation of unfulfilled goals.

When treatment options deteriorate, a higher level of comfort is desired, or a physician predicts that someone is in their last 12-18 months of life, family members and physicians should be consulted. These discussions may be sparked by a desire for less medical intervention and a return to a life outside of the medical system. Even though beginning these conversations may be difficult, the end effect is tremendous.