Hospice care is centered on providing comfort and care for people who are terminally ill and in the final stages of life. Dr. Richard Le and the Fountains Family Care team offer hospice consultations and can help you or your loved ones arrange the transition into hospice care if you decide it’s the right path for you. Hospice care aims to lessen your symptoms and improve your quality of life in specialized facilities or in your own home.
Hospice care is designed to offer medical and comprehensive support to you and your loved ones during the final phases of life. The focus is on your comfort, providing you a better quality of life, and reducing your symptoms, so you can be as alert and pain-free as possible.
Hospice care addresses your physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs. It primarily revolves around caring for the terminally ill who have six months or less to live. This doesn’t mean that care will end at six months, however. Hospice care can continue for as long as your doctor and hospice care team certify that the condition is life-limiting.
Hospice care is provided at home, typically with a family member as the primary caregiver, and it’s also available at hospitals, nursing homes, dedicated hospice facilities, and assisted living facilities.
Hospice isn’t just for people with cancer. Many people have other medical conditions like heart disease, kidney failure, dementia, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. There are two main requirements that typically make a person eligible for hospice care: the illness must be considered incurable and terminal, and/or your qualified doctor must have determined that you have less than six months to live if your illness runs its normal course.
Dr. Le is a medical director for a compassionate hospice company, and when you meet with him at your consultation, he discusses the typical eligibility requirements for a hospice program, addresses your concerns, and answers your questions. He'll be able to help you determine your eligibility and fill out the necessary paperwork to make the transition smoother and easier.