Celebrating 20 years of compassionate care: 1990-2010
Hospice is a special kind of caring for individuals and families facing end-of-life issues. Hospice is a comprehensive approach to care provided by a team of health care professionals. Nurses, social workers, home health aides, pastoral counselors, physicians and volunteers work together to meet the spiritual, physical, mental and emotional needs of the patient and their family.
Benefits of Hospice
- Specialized health care focusing on individuals and families facing end of life issues.
- Experienced pain management and symptom control.
- Patient and family assist with the development of the plan of care.
- Under Medicare/Medicaid, hospice assumes 95 percent of the cost of medications related to the terminal illness and provides equipment necessary for comfort, such as beds or wheelchairs.
- Assists with funeral arrangements
- Assists with Medical Advance Directives
- Is available at the time of death or shortly thereafter to help handle necessary arrangements
- Follows families for at least one year after the patient’s death for bereavement counseling
- Provides spiritual support through the use of the patient’s own clergy as well as the hospice chaplain and pastoral care counselor
- Physical therapy, speech therapy and nutritional counseling are available to provide care related to comfort
- Grief support workshops are offered throughout the year
- Accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
Who is eligible for hospice care?
- Patients with a limited life-expectancy due to illness, including but not limited to: cancer, end-stage heart disease, end-stage liver disease, lung disease, Alzheimer’s, and AIDS
- Presence of a primary caregiver or alternative home arrangements, including St. Mary’s Hospice House
- Care to people of all ages, including children
- St. Mary’s Hospice Services provides care in Athens-Clarke, Banks, Barrow, Elbert, Franklin, Greene, Hart, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe and Walton counties
Who pays for hospice care?
- Private insurance
- Veterans Administration
- Private pay
- Sliding fee schedule
- Charity care
If a person is eligible for hospice care, they will be accepted regardless of ability to pay
How do I contact St. Mary’s Hospice Services?
If you are interested in learning how to become a Hospice Volunteer, please click here.
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