Frequently Asked Questions
When is Hospice appropriate?
Hospice care becomes an alternative when a patient has reached the last phases of a terminal illness, and has been given a prognosis of six months or less. It can also be an alternative following the discontinuation of treatment, an accident or the sudden onset of a catastrophic illness. The subject can be addressed at any time during the illness, as physician and patient discuss treatment options. When a patient chooses hospice, the decision to give up curative measures is made in favor of comfort care, focusing on pain management and symptom control, psychosocial support for both patient and family and ancillary services that lessen the burden of illness and caregiving.
Should I wait for our physician to bring up the subject of hospice, or can I raise it first?
The decision to choose hospice should be made by patient and family with the input of a physician. Open and honest discussion about treatment options should be held throughout the course of the illness. If a patient or family feels that a physician is reluctant to discuss hospice care, it is always appropriate for one or the other to approach the subject.
How do I refer someone to Houston Hospice?
A referral begins with a phone call to Houston Hospice. A caring staff member will ask important questions about the illness, previous treatment, the attending physician's endorsement of hospice care, as well as questions about the home and family situation that would affect caregiving. A referral can come from the family, a friend, clergy, health care provider or even from the patient.
• Physician Referral Form
Is Hospice Care Appropriate for All Cultural and Faith Traditions
Yes. Houston Hospice treats every patient as a unique individual. Houston Hospice teams work in partnership with every patient and family to provide a plan of care. Houston Hospice is accredited by the National Institute of Jewish Hospice and is one of only 60 hospices nationwide qualified to provide hospice care for Jewish patients. This accreditation signifies that Houston Hospice staff have received training in all aspects of the Jewish terminally ill and have met the top care standards required.