As providers, preconceived notions about hospice seep into our practice. If my patient goes on hospice will he lose hope? Will hospice care hasten my patient’s death? Does signing up for hospice rule out any further treatment for my patient? Is it too early for hospice?
Let’s start with the big one. Jefferson Healthcare Hospice nurses do not administer life-ending medications. In fact, studies have shown that patients cared for by hospice programs actually live longer! Patients enjoy a higher level of pain and symptom management, 24 hour on-call access to medical and nursing triage, universal coverage of medications, and oversight of the care plan by an expert interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, patient volunteers and personal care aides.
The goal of hospice is to provide the best possible quality of life for those living with a terminal illness. And the whole team works toward that goal.