When is it time for Hospice Austin care?
At any time during a serious illness, it is appropriate to discuss all of your care options, including hospice. Based on your needs and wishes, there are three ways we can serve you:
Hospice Austin provides comprehensive, specialized care to patients and families living with an illness with a life expectancy of six months, if the disease runs its expected course. Patients may receive hospice care longer if needed. If their condition improves, they can be discharged from hospice care and return to curative treatment.
Austin Palliative Care provides expert help with pain and symptom management for individuals who have a serious illness. Patients may either still be seeking curative treatment or may be primarily interested in comfort care.
The following are signs that you may want to explore options with our various types of care:
• You’ve been admitted to the hospital several times within the last six months with the same or worsening symptoms
• You’re having trouble getting out of bed, walking, eating, dressing or bathing
• You’ve lost weight without trying, you’re short of breath while resting or your pain has increased
• You have decided to stop receiving treatments for your disease
• You wish to remain at home, rather than spend time in the hospital
• Your doctor has told you that you have a life-limiting disease
Hospice care does nothing to hasten or postpone death. For some patients, there comes a point when treatment is no longer working. Continued attempts at treatment may even be harmful to patients already in a weakened state.
Research published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management found that terminally ill patients who received hospice care lived on average 29 days longer than those who did not opt for hospice near the end of life.
Many hospice care patients experience less anxiety by refocusing hope on what might be realistically achieved in the time remaining and spending quality time with loved ones.
Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance companies. And, as a mission-driven nonprofit organization, we provide care to all who need us, regardless of the complexity of your disease, cost of your care or your ability to pay.
Hospice Austin’s care is available to anyone living in the five-county region of Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell and Hays counties. Hospice Austin staff lives and works in the communities we serve.
Yes. Hospice Austin’s doctors and nurses are experts in controlling pain. Our emphasis is on promoting your quality of life by providing comfort and relief from pain and symptoms. If symptoms temporarily cannot be managed at home, Hospice Austin’s Christopher House provides 24-hour expert medical care in a warm and tranquil setting. Once symptoms are brought under control, the patient is able to return home.
Whatever your diagnosis – heart, lung or kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, ALS, cancer – our board-certified specialists will work together with you and your doctor to form a plan of care that meets your unique needs. To ensure every need is being met, you’ll have your own personal care team.
Anyone – you, a family member, friend or neighbor – can contact Hospice Austin at any time to get information about our services. Hospice Austin staff members will visit you to better understand your unique needs and learn how we can provide the greatest comfort. We then contact your doctors to talk to them about your needs. To schedule a visit, call our main number (512) 342-4700 or toll free (800) 445-3261, or you can email us at info@HospiceAustin.org.
Questions? Email us here or call (512) 342-4700 or (800) 445-3261