The end of life is as powerful a passage as birth. When people enter and leave the earthly plane and the physical body, they deserve a supportive, non-traumatic, and peaceful space in which to do it – a place and time in which to experience and process the mental, psychological, and emotional aspects of dying while being kept physically comfortable and pain-free. That is what a hospice care program provides.
Whether you are a resident at Wickshire Senior Living or still living at home, our hospice care program is the absolute best you’ll find in Oklahoma. We can provide you with answers and options if you just call us at 833.497.4390 or fill out our online form. Though you may not be ready to make a decision today, the conversation can start. This can be an emotionally confusing time, and we’d like to support you and your family through it.
What is Hospice Care?
For someone with a terminal diagnosis who no longer wishes to receive treatments intended to cure or slow the progression of the disease, it is time to rest, seek comfort and pain management, and use the remaining weeks or months of life to connect with loved ones, find spiritual peace, and process a life well-lived. This all can be done in hospice.
While hospice care is health care for those nearing the end of life, it does not intervene by seeking to keep someone alive artificially or through intervention. Still, it has as its goal simply to ease suffering and maximize comfort and quality of life.
Hospice care can be provided at home, in assisted living, or in a nursing home.
Hospice Care Requirements
Someone can’t just decide to sign up for hospice. It is a decision made in collaboration with one’s physician and based on a set of requirements that need to be in place prior to enrolling in the program.
Though several terminal conditions and diseases have their own set of hospice guidelines and requirements, many universally applicable benchmarks must be met to be eligible:
- Diagnosis of a condition from which there is no recovery, with a prognosis of six months (or less)
- Reduced involvement in daily activities such as eating, bathing, walking, dressing, going to the bathroom
- Frequent recent hospitalizations
- Increasing fatigue and longer and longer episodes of sleep
- Accelerated weight and appetite loss
- Changes in cognition and function
- Mental deterioration
- Loss of skin integrity—pressure sores, tearing, subdermal bruising
- Frequent infections
A willingness to let the disease run its course, to forego lifesaving endeavors, and to request only quality of life and pain-relieving interventions are also presumptive prerequisites of hospice care.
Because Medicaid and Medicare (Part A) cover quite a few hospice services, as do some private insurance companies, there are hospice care requirements mandated by those programs as well. Typically, these requirements focus on the patient’s agreement to hospice care and refusal of curative treatments.
Hospice Care at Wickshire Senior Living
With the goal of maintaining and enhancing the quality of end-of-life, hospice care providers are trained to do this specialized and profound work. For most people, hospice care lasts a matter of a few months or less, but within that broad commonality, everyone’s needs are different. We aim to meet the needs of the individual so that this passage out of life is full of comfort and ease.
At Wickshire, our hospice care includes:
- Medical services/physician’s care
- Pain or symptom-relieving medications
- Medications that meet needs not intended to extend life
- Medical supplies and equipment as required, such as wheelchairs and hospital beds
- Physical or occupational therapy if needed
- Compassionate, professional 24/7 nursing care
If you are grappling with a decision about hospice for yourself or a loved one, there is no need to do that on your own. Let us help you navigate as you set out on this last journey. Submit our online form or call us on the phone – 833.497.4390. We are standing by.