Hospice

CARE

Specialized medical care for people with a life-limiting illness; provided wherever a patient calls home.

 

Focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a life-limiting  illness, it can be offered for weeks to months to patients desiring support while focusing on quality of life and comfort measures.

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"When hospice came in to help us, things got so much better. We got oxygen, we got a wheelchair, and they really helped to relieve the anxiety that was surrounding our whole situation."  - Julia Hoke, wife of hospice patient, Aurthur Hoke

What is the Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care?
  • Patient is living with advanced illness without curative treatments

  • Patient is certified by two physicians to have 6-months to live, if the disease follows its natural course

  • Hospice at home is Paid 100 percent by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance.

Offered by Both
  • Pain and Symptom Relief

  • Focuses on Quality of Life for patient & family

  • Both have specialized teams to support patient and family with physical, emotional and spiritual pain.

  • Care is provided wherever patient calls home.

  • Specialized care that offers an extra layer of support for those living with a serious illness.

  • Focuses on relief of symptoms and quality of life for patient & family.

  • Care can begin at diagnosis (early is best) or at the discretion of the physician.

  • Palliative care, is paid for by Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance. Depending on the insurance, there could be a co-pay covered by the patient.

Content reproduced from www.getpalliativecare.org

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Are you needing the following?
  • Reduction of pain and discomfort

  • Care in your place of residence

  • Coordination and delivery of medication and equipment

  • Access to a 24-hour call-in line

  • Caregiver support?

Do you have a condition that is too complicated or requires a higher level of support than can be given at home?

Transitional, short-term care at our Pōhai Mālama a Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Care Center may be an option.

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Pōhai Mālama a Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Care Center

A state-of-the -art home-like setting, with trained, round-the-clock professional staff.

Know the Facts about Hospice Care

New research confirms that greater use of hospice care during the last 6 months of life is associated with patients reporting better pain control, more satisfaction with their care and fewer deaths in the hospital or intensive care units.

Can I keep my doctor?

YES

Hospice physicians work closely with your doctor to determine a plan of care that fits your values.  

Living each day to the fullest becomes the focus.

Is hospice care for more than cancer?

YES

Hospice care is available to all terminally ill people and their families, regardless of diagnosis. 

 

Some of the most common non-cancer diagnoses are congestive heart failure, dementia, and chronic lung disease.

Can I afford hospice care?

YES

Medicare beneficiaries pay little or nothing for hospice services.

Most insurance plans, HMOʻs and managed care plans include Hospice coverage.

Can I continue my medications?

YES

While it is true that hospice focuses on a relief-based, rather than intervention approach, the decision to halt medication is usually left up to the patient.

Does hospice care help with pain?

YES

Hospice care provides high-quality pain management and symptom control.  For chronic pain, patients are given the lowest effective dose of pain medication.  If the patient is still suffering from pain, the dosage is only increased according to patient desire. 

 

Many patients feel better once they say "Yes"  to hospice.

Can hospice care help me live longer?

YES

Research shows that the support and comfort provided by hospice care helps many patients live longer.

Once enrolled in hospice, there is no time limit on a patientʻs stay with the program.

Can I leave hospice once I enroll?

YES

Whether due to signs of recovery, or simply  because of a desire to return to a curative-based approach, hospice care can be stopped at any time.  

And qualifying patients can re-enroll at any time.

Is it better to enroll in hospice earlier?

YES

Hospice patients and families can receive care for six months or longer, starting with diagnosis. 

Care extends to the patientʻs family during bereavement.  The earlier Hospice Care is accessed, the more it can help.

"Hawai‘i Care Choices has provided me the opportunity to create and enjoy treasurable moments with loved ones and friends that overflow with care, comfort, and love."

 

- Daniel Morii, Patient

Comfort You Can Count On

Whether you need care at your residence, a care home, or a facility, Hawai‘i Care Choices will be there for you with access to services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.