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.
"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?
Comfort care without curative intent
Patient is certified by two physicians to have 6-months or less to live if the disease follows its natural course
Paid 100 percent by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance; it is the only Medicare benefit that includes pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, 24/7 access to care, nursing, social services, spiritual care visits, grief support following a death and other services deemed appropriate.
Offered by Both
Pain and Symptom Relief
Interdisciplinary team addresses physical, emotional and spiritual pain, including such common worries as loss of independence, the well-being of the family and feeling like a burden.
Provided wherever patient calls home, and accessible locations.
Comfort care with or without curative intent
Care is begun at the discretion of the physician and patient at any time, at any stage of illness, terminal or not.
Palliative care, from office visits to prescription charges, is paid for by insurance, by the patient or by charity.
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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
Do you have a condition that is too complicated or requires a higher level of support than can be given at home?
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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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.