Patients and families are afforded the remarkable opportunity to spend quality time together, to reconfirm or repair relationships, and to create new memories. With the assistance of compassionate health care professionals, the end of life can be less overwhelming.
When an individual is welcomed to Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, his or her physical, spiritual and emotional needs become the focus of compassionate professionals. We work with patients and their families to create a comprehensive care plan based on their unique needs and requirements.
Our patients’ comfort level is foremost, and we will do everything we can to alleviate pain and discomfort. We also extend our support and care to patients’ families, doing what we can to help them manage this important journey in as stress-free of a manner as possible.
When should hospice start?
Once a person who is suffering from an advanced, life-limiting or terminal illness reaches the point at which treatments and curative measures are no longer a viable option, his or her doctor will typically make the recommendation and referral to hospice. Generally speaking, the sooner hospice care is initiated, the better, as it is designed to provide much-needed physical, emotional and spiritual support to the patient as well as his or her loved ones.
How do I get started?
Having a discussion about end of life care is never easy, but it’s something that can provide unexpected relief, both to the patient and his or her loved ones. The first step in determining whether hospice care is the right option is to start a conversation. This includes consulting with your primary health care professional to discuss diagnosis and whether treatments are still worth pursuing and also talking things over with those who are most important in your life.
It can also involve a discussion with one of our compassionate community hospice team members. If you’re considering taking that first step toward entering hospice, we invite you to pick up the phone and contact us today at 843.706.2296. We can discuss your options, answer any questions you may have and set your mind at ease.
The decision to enter hospice is not an easy one. We’re here to make this challenging time just a little bit easier.
What diseases meet the criteria for hospice care?
- Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
- End Stage Cardiac Disease
- End Stage Lung Disease
- End Stage Liver Disease
- End Stage Renal Disease
- Neurological Conditions
- Other Conditions
- Other Conditions
- Recurrent or intractable infection
- Progressive malnutrition
- Pressure ulcers
Click here for a comprehensive list of conditions.
Can I Afford Hospice?
Cost of service is never an issue. Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurances will pay hospice benefits for care, medication related to the diagnosis, and durable medical equipment as prescribed by a doctor. Even if an individual is not covered by any insurance plan, we never bill for services. We are guided by our unwavering mission to care for those in need, regardless of their ability to pay.
I Still Have Additional Questions
It is very common to have additional questions regarding hospice care and whether or not it is right for your situation. Because of this, we have put together a FAQ list which we hope you find helpful. You can access it by clicking here.
If you are struggling with end of life decisions for yourself or someone you care for, please contact us today at 843.706.2296 so we may answer your questions and discuss whether hospice care might be a good option for your situation.