What is hospice?
Hospice is a program designed to bring quality of life and compassionate care to people facing a life-limiting illness or injury. Hospice care involves a team approach including physicians, nurses, aides, social workers, chaplains, therapists and trained volunteers to provide expert medical care, pain management, symptom control, and emotional and spiritual support. Hospice care is expressly personalized and tailored to each patient’s needs and wishes.
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Take a walk down the path of hope and learn what Wilson Hospice patients and their families have to say about the care and services they received.
"Mom was a very private person, an in-charge lady and would not accept hospice until the last four weeks of her life. She fell in love wit the hospice team and her brave and peaceful passing was directly related to the expertise and compassion of each staff member."
"With unresolved self-blame and growing anger, Mom appeared to be heading toward a difficult death, my worst fear. The hospice chaplain met with us to get to know Mom and understand how he could best help. He was able to assist Mom to forgive herself and to forgive others. A great peace came over her."
"I want you to know how special your hospice group is and to know that we will never forget all that they did for our father and us. Not because it was a job but because they are all very compassionate, caring people who are truly called to do what they do so well."
The first priority is to relieve the patient’s physical pain and symptoms. The Wilson Hospice team believes that everyone has the right to live pain-free and to be cared for with dignity.
The hospice team also helps to diminish the feeling of isolation often experienced by a patient and their family. The emotional and spiritual support provided by the hospice social worker and chaplain also allows patients and family to deal with unresolved issues and feel more at peace.
Hospice lessens the financial burden of illness by covering the cost of care provided and by eliminating any additional cost of medications, equipment and supplies related to the life-limiting illness or injury.
Hospice benefits a patient when a cure no longer seems possible and comfort and quality of life become more important than quantity of time. Ask your doctor for a hospice consultation. After considering all the options that may be available to you or your loved one, you will be able to make an informed decision. Services are available to patients of any age, sex, religion, race or illness.
Yes, you have the option to stop the hospice benefit at any time and for any reason. The most common reasons would be: your condition has improved or gone into remission, or there is a new curative treatment or procedure that you would like to try.
If in the future the situation changes, you would be able to re-enroll in hospice without penalty.
Hospice care can be provided wherever a patient calls home: a private residence, a nursing home, assisted living, independent living or a retirement center. Wilson Hospice provides care in Shelby, Miami, Logan, Champaign, Auglaize and Darke counties.
Hospice services are covered under Medicare and Medicaid benefits and many commercial insurance plans. At Wilson Hospice, no one is ever denied care for inability to pay.
Wilson Hospice is a not-for-profit organization. Thanks to generous donations, we are able to cover the cost of all patient medications, provide care for those with no means to pay and provide additional services such as music therapy and massage therapy. And unlike many other hospice programs, Wilson Hospice does not require a DNR (do not resuscitate) form from patients.
If I am a Wilson Home Health Care patient and choose hospice benefits later, will the transition be smooth?
Wilson Home Health Care patients can choose Wilson Hospice Care when the need arises. For patients who are not quite ready for hospice, home health care may be the right choice. However, if a patient receiving Wilson Home Health Care elects hospice services, they will be able to maintain the same caregivers.
This is often a comfort to our patients who transition to hospice care.
Wilson Hospice Care
1081 Fairington Drive
Sidney, OH 45365-2491
For additional information call (937) 498-9335 or (800) 589-9641 ext. 2533
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*The following packet contains helpful information and appropriate forms on Advance Directives that allow you to take control of choices regarding your medical future.