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Bightmoor Hospice Care FAQsFrequently Asked Questions about Hospice

Q: Does Hospice do anything to make death come sooner?
A: No. Hospice does nothing to speed up or slow down the dying process.

Q: Who is eligible for Hospice care?
A: Any individual with a life expectancy of six months or less, as determined by his or her physician and confirmed by the Brightmoor Hospice assessment team is eligible for hospice.

Q: Is there a time frame on benefit periods?
A: Once the patient elects hospice, they are eligible for hospice as long as their physician and the hospice team agree that they continue to need Hospice care. If a patient has improved or decides to actively pursue aggressive treatment for a cure, they can be removed from hospice until their condition merits or wish to have hospice again.

Q: What if my life span exceeds the designated six months?
A: The six months or less life expectancy used by Brightmoor Hospice as part of the admission criteria is merely a general time frame to determine Hospice eligibility.

Q: What is Palliative Care:
A: Palliative Care can be defined as an integration of the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care with the provision of relief from pain and other distressing symptoms. Palliative Care affirms dying as a normal progression of life and it should be neither hastened nor postponed.

Q. How does hospice work in a long term care facility?
A: Brightmoor Hospice recognizes the unique situation of a resident living in a long-term care facility that is eligible for hospice. Our role is to support these patients just as we would any other patient and simply consider the facility their “home”.

Q: When should the decision be made to enter the hospice program?
A: It is appropriate to discuss patients care options at any time during a life limiting illness. Under the law, it is the patient’s decision. Individuals are eligible for hospice care if:

  • They have a life-limiting illness (6 months or less to live)
  • They are referred to hospice by their physician
  • They choose the hospice option
  • The person and his/her illness are appropriate for hospice

Q: How often does hospice staff see a patient?
A: Our minimal schedule is:

RN/LPN – at least once per week
Social Worker – at least once per month
Home Health Aides can visit up to five days a week as needed by the patient.
Chaplains and volunteers are available to visit as requested by the patient and family.
We realize that individual patient needs are different and therefore the hospice team will develop a visit plan that best meets the needs of the patient and family.

Q: Can hospice patients receive rehabilitation services?
A: Yes, but only if it is appropriate to the hospice diagnosis and written in the hospice plan of treatment. The rehabilitation service must be approved by the hospice for an evaluation and limited to only one to two treatment visits. It must be a service that is palliative and planned for comfort measures as opposed to curative and aggressive.

Q: How many family members or friends does it take to care for a patient at home until death?
A: There is no set number. Each patient’s needs are different. In the early stages of hospice care, it is usually not necessary for someone to be with the patient at all times, however, later in the illness more care may be needed.

Q: How does the bereavement program operate?
A: Bereavement support is essential for families who have lost a loved one. The goal of bereavement is to facilitate a healthy grieving process for everyone involved. For the first year or more after a patient’s death, the Brightmoor Hospice social services staff remains in regular contact with the family and other loved ones. Contacts include phone calls, visits and information mailers. Brightmoor Hospice also facilitates an ongoing grief support group.