How We Help
Hospice care is for any patient facing an end-stage illness, with life expectancy of 6 months or less should the illness run its natural course.
Our services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurers. As a nonprofit, we believe everyone has a right to receive care. We believe the care provided for the family and loved ones is as important as the care of the patient. For children aged 18 and younger who have life-limiting conditions, our Butterfly Program provides unique hospice services.
At Houston Hospice, we focus on caring, not curing. Our holistic approach to pain management and relieving other symptoms includes access to social, emotional, and spiritual support services. These compassionate teams are accessible 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.
Four types of Hospice care are provided as needed:
1. ROUTINE HOME CARE
The most common form of hospice care, Routine Home Care, provides intermittent visits by hospice care team members at the patient’s place of residence. This plan of care includes nursing care, wound care, pain management and other care as needed. In addition, 24/7, on-call services are available should the patient and family have any questions or concerns.
2. CONTINUOUS CRISIS CARE
A minimum of 8 hours per day of nursing care may be provided to patients at their place of residence, during periods of symptom crisis. Eligibility is reviewed daily, and Routine Home Care is resumed once the symptom crisis is under control.
3. GENERAL INPATIENT CARE
Admission to the Houston Hospice Care Center (In-Patient Unit or IPU), located in the Texas Medical Center, or another contracted facility, will be assessed and determined by our hospice physician. Consideration is given to those who have unrelieved, unmanageable symptoms and eligibility is reviewed on a daily basis. Once symptoms are under control, Routine Home Care will be reinstated, with the physician’s approval.
4. RESPITE CARE
Respite Care is a plan of care that helps families obtain much needed rest and time for self-care by providing care for the patient in the care giver’s absence. Up to 5 days of Respite Care is provided to patients, at our Hospice Care Center (Inpatient Unit or IPU) in the Texas Medical Center or a contracted facility.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Houston Hospice. We had to place my grandmother there and everyone up until her last day treated her with such love and dignity. These are traits you do not see often, especially when people know someone is near the end of their life. If I was ever to have to be in this situation again my loved one would go back here, that is how amazing they are. Thank you to everyone at the facility.KATIE