What You Need To Know
Any person facing the advancing stages of any life limiting illness may receive Hospice services if the following conditions are met:
- Aggressive treatments are not working or providing relief to the patient
- The patient or their legal representative elects to receive Hospice care
- The patient, family and physician agree and understand that the focus of care is on comfort, pain control, symptom management, emotional and spiritual support, not on cure
What Hospice Covers
Hospice care includes a wide variety of services to relieve the patient and family of many of the burdens associated with a terminal illness.
Hospice patients are cared for by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, certified Hospice aides, clergy and volunteers. Together, they form the interdisciplinary team, which develops a detailed plan of care for each Hospice patient based on the specific needs and desires of each patient and family.
The Plan of Care, which is coordinated by the Registered Nurse assigned to the patient and overseen by the patient's physician, specifies the services to be provided, which team members will provide those services, how often they will visit and the goals for the care they provide. In addition, LightBridge provides medications, supplies and equipment related to the Hospice diagnosis. A registered nurse is on call 24 hours per day, seven days a week to assist with any needs a patient may have.
Who Pays for Hospice
Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal and most private insurance companies. LightBridge can assist you in determining what specific benefits are available from your insurance carrier or HMO.
Referrals and requests for more information come from patients, families, friends, health care professionals, and spiritual counselors. It is an easy three step process to make a referral to, or receive more information from, LightBridge Hospice.
Step Two: Our Admissions Coordinator will contact you and everyone involved to coordinate family consultations and/or patient assessments.
Step Three: Our Admission Team will complete schedule and the evaluation visit and initiate care as appropriate. Feel free to contact us 24-hours a day, 7-days a week for more information or to schedule a consultation.