Where can I find a good hospice care provider in Alabama?
I've heard good and bad stories about hospice, anyone know what a good Hospice Care provider in Alabama or is there a site where I can find reviews/reports of hospices?
Question answered by Jimmbbo
I recently lost my mother, and her brother left us about a year earlier. Both had excellent hospice care for which we are very grateful...
Attaching a link from the NHPCO, with the names of member agencies, including the organization we used. Unfortunately, they do not have offices in Alabama, but by inference, the NHPCO seems to be a good place to begin your search. I recommend web searches on each agency..
We were recommended to a nonprofit hospice agency by a friend who is a home care nurse, and it worked out very well.
Where can I find good lung cancer hospice care?
I'm looking for information about hospice care for terminal lung cancer patients. I'd like to know about good hospices. Where are they? Which countries have good hospice/palliative care for lung cancer patients? Any specific facilities? Any help would be appreciated.
Question answered by primer209
Hospice is not so much a place as a concept. Hospice care can be provided at home, in hospital, nursing home, assisted living facility or in a hospice house. I do not know of any hospice which is specific for lung cancer as all hospices that I know of, and the one I volunteer for, provide care for all terminal illnesses.
I* am currently visiting a patient who has terminal lung cancer and he is receiving care in his own home. Most prefer to be in their own homes if practical.
I suggest you first consider a non-profit hospice.
I hope this helps. Peace.
What are your thoughts on hospice care? For some I know it can be a blessing but my experience with it is the?
family is told their family member is in pain even if they don't think he is then they just start painkillers like morphine and keep increasing it till the person just dies, in like a week. I do not mean to offend any one on this, I know hospices are different in every place and they are no better than the people running them, I need opinions of others please.
Question answered by fifty-plus
I believe it would depend on the particular hospice agency. Hospice is to be for persons with a terminal diagnosis and have a probability of living up to 6 months. They are to provide comfort to the person which is to keep them as pain free as possible. They are to comfort and teach the family members about the dying process. They are to assist the family with making after death arrangements. They are to provide any assistance the family may need. They are to assess the patient daily recording and reporting their progress, if any, and their regression. They are to be available any time the family and/or patient calls. Because of the diagnoses the doctor will order pain and other meds. which is to make the patient comfortable during the dying process. Unfortunately, not all agencies provide all those services. Personally I don't find them of much help especially if there are enough family members to care for the person or a reliable long term care facility staff. Some facilities provide the same services without hospice.
IF you are a member of Hospice, would you share some of your thoughts about it and why you enlisted/trained .?
I am handicapped and wish I could do that. We have nearby Hospices in various towns and everything I read about it is awesome.Just want a first hand imput on a hands-on level. Thank you and what a blessing each one ofyou are to the families and the dying.
Question answered by sweet sue
I am an RN who works with the elderly and so I work closely with Hospice. I have been thru deaths of 41 year olds of Lung CA, 50 year olds with Breast CA and of course the elderly with the vast array of illness's they host. I love Hospice. Most people sign up to late thinking I don't need this just yet. When they do sign up they usually say why didn't I sign up earlier. Hospice helps both the patient and the family learn about dying and how to live while dying. It prepares everyone to recongnize signs of downward changes and gives approximate time ranges of this part of the illness. Hospice greatly helps with pain control. As the person nears death, the natural instinct of the body is to try to live. The breathing and heart rate speed up trying to get those last ditch efforts to live. Most familys find this stage very difficult to watch. Using medications available thru hospice this part of the transition over to the other side can be eased for both the patient and family.
All along the journey Hospice provides quilified Nurses, Aides, Ministers, social workers and volunteers to make things easier. Sometimes you (family member) just needs to get out of the house and do SOMETHING besides deal with illness. Hospice can provide someone to stay with the paient.
My father is 86 and is showing signs of the end of his journey, I have already got my family talking about Hospice. Gentle start so they can have time to think before it gets to late.
I certainly hope your Hospice experience has been as good as the ones in my area. Even though you are handicapped there are still many things you can do with Hospice. Just call around and offer your services and I am sure someone will be able to juse you.
What kind of work do volunteers do at a hospice?
Generally, what kind of work do hospices require for their volunteers who take part in direct patient care? Feel free to share any experiences/advice.
Question answered by Jessica
Volunteering in this setting is much like any other. The volunteer coordinator finds out what activities you like to do and/or know how to do and how much time you would like to volunteer. They then match you up with patients that like to do the same thing. Some common things are: reading book/bible, playing card games, puzzles, painting nails, applying lotion, watching tv shows/ sports together. ....but activities can be almost anything.
When under Hospice Care is the patient confined to the home or facility?
Can a patient under Hospice Care be taken out by family or friends for a drive or out to eat to a restaurant. What are the Hospice Rules and Guidelines regarding this matter?
Question answered by redhotsillypepper
Hospice patients are often confined by the limitations of their illnesses, but hospice patients are free to travel as they wish. Hospice serves the patient; it does not dictate what they are able to do or where they are able to go.
How challenging is it to volunteer in hospice care?
I am interested in becoming a volunteer for a local hospice organization. I've been trying to find volunteer work that I believe will truly make an impact in the lives of others. I received the volunteer paper work a few days ago, however I'm a little hesitant to fill it out. I'm afraid I might not be able to handle it. Any suggestions or words of wisdom from anybody who has volunteered or is volunteering in for a hospice group?
Question answered by primer209
I suggest you go ahead and fill out the application and then speak to the volunteer coordinator to see where your interests can help hospice. I am a hospice volunteer and have done everything from patient care, vigil, administrative and outreach volunteer work.
Patient care volunteering is mostly being present and a listening ear. Sometimes I am there as a companion for the patient and at other times to give the caregiver some time off so he/she can go out and relax or do some chores.
Don't sell yourself short. True, hospice volunteer work is not for everyone but you owe it to yourself to ask and find out. There is, perhaps, no more rewarding work than volunteering for hospice.
How long can I expect my grandmother to remain with us once she begins a hospice program?
My grandmother recently (as in yesterday) entered hospice after suffering from nafld liver disease for four months. She has terrible hallucinations, is hardly ever lucid, and also has kidney failure. Her hospice entails continued medication for her issues now, but involves no adjusting medications and a DNR. How much longer can we expect?
Question answered by Emily E
Hospice is recommended for the last 6 months of life, more often they are only around for the last month of life. When we called in hospice for my husbands grandma, they were only there 2 weeks before she passed.
Once you enter Hospice why is it that they start to take you off medications?
My Father is starting Hospice today, and they said that they will be taking some med away... Is this normal?
Don't you get it??
Question answered by Ann P
They may be simply trying to adjust his medications and find a regimen that works for your father.
My father received Hospice care in May of this year. They are truly experts in pain management and medication. I don't know what your dad's history is and how many doctors he has had, but when Hospice comes in, they basically function as the HMO and take care of everything.
My guess is that they will try to find medications that work to handle your dad's condition and pain, and possibly minimize the number of medications he may be taking. Our Hospice experience was wonderful and the support they gave our family during a difficult time is something for which I am truly thankful.
How would you go about becomming certified in Hospice care.?
My cousin has always had a big heart, and she found her place in Hospice. Where she use to find work they did not require certification. However after moving states, she has discovered that she needs to become certified, she just isnt sure how. If anyone has any experience in the process, it would be greatly appreciated.
Question answered by Network for Good
A great resource is the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization at www.nhpco.org