Addressing the Physical, Psychological and Spiritual Dimensions for the Terminally Ill
1. Patient has a terminal illness with prognosis of six months or less, if the disease follows its normal process.
2. Patient has a primary physician who agrees to coordinate care.
3. The patient and family desire palliative care.
PATIENT ELIGIBILITY FOR PALLIATIVE CARE
1. Critical Diagnosis
2. Seeking Aggressive Treatment
3. The patient and family desire Palliative Care.
A patient with a life-limiting illness has the right to live his/her final days comfortably, to the fullest extent possible, and to experience a dignified and peaceful death. Hospice services are designed to support the patient's and family's decision for the patient to remain at home or in a home-like setting in the final stage of life.OBJECTIVES
The Primary Objectives for our Palliative and Hospice Program are as follows:
1. To provide a comprehensive, family oriented coordinated and competent care
2. To utilize an interdisciplinary group for care planning and care delivery.
3. To manage the patient's pain and other symptoms
4. To maintain the patient in his/her own home or assume an inpatient setting as home like as possible.
5. To maximize patient / family autonomy and decision making respect for their beliefs, goals, and choices.
6. To facilitate the patient's and family's capacity for reconciliation and closure.
7. To provide bereavement services to family and significant others.
8. To collaborate with other community resources to optimize continuity of care and comprehensive services.
The following are some of the most common diagnosis of Hospice Patients.
Adult Failure to Thrive
Lou Gehrig's Disease