Hospice

Comfort. Affirmation of Life. Peace. These simple words are the ultimate goals of hospice care. For individuals nearing the end of their lives, we can help make each remaining day ever-more meaningful with powerful physical, emotional and spiritual support poured out from the hearts and hands of our Hospice clinicians, chaplains and support teams.

Our Hospice team goes beyond pain relief and personal care, to providing services that create comfort and ultimately, leave peace. Whether that’s through the relaxing effects of massage, the joyfulness of music therapy, the snuggles and laughter that our pet therapy team brings, or the soft touch of hand that joins you in prayer—you can be sure that peace will be found.

Hospice care is care for the whole family. From companionship to prayer, lending an ear to navigating paperwork—we are here to help your remaining time together be quality time. You don’t have to bear the burden of doing it all alone. We would be honored to walk with your whole family as this last chapter of your story is written, to be your friend, and to give you peace.

Hospice At A Glance: The Basics

  • SERVICES PROVIDED

    Hospice provides emotional, social, and spiritual support for the patient and their family.

    Our care team provides pain management and symptom control, along with additional services that include speech, music, physical, massage, and pet therapies to ease symptoms and improve quality of life.

    Pastoral services and Bereavement Counseling is provided for the patient and family.

    Hospice also provides needed medications, supplies, and equipment in relationship to the primary diagnosis.

  • FUNDING SOURCE(S)

    Medicare, Medicaid, VA, or Private Insurance.
    Hospice is a Medicare benefit, and is paid 100%.
    Medicaid and other programs can provide coverage as well.

  • AGE(S) SERVED

    Hospice is available to anyone of any age.

  • LENGTH OF CARE

    Typically 6 months or less.

  • AGENCY CRITERIA

    Anyone with a life expectancy of 6 months or less, assuming their life-limiting illness runs its normal course

  • REQUIRES PHYSICIAN ORDER OR STATE APPROVAL?

    A physician order is required to start care. If needed, we can help obtain necessary documentation. No physician's order is needed for an evaluation.

Care Team: Who's Here To Help?

Chaplain
Bereavement Coordinator
Aide
MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKER
Volunteers

Questions to ask when selecting a Hospice provider

WHAT IS THE NURSE TO PATIENT RATIO?

Why this is important: When dealing with a terminal illness, clients and their families need to be confident that their hospice agency will be accessible and attentive.

What you can expect with Integrity Hospice: Integrity Home Care + Hospice focuses on maintaining a lower staff to patient ratio that better allows the interdisciplinary team to focus on the needs of the clients and families they serve. In other words–when you need us, we’ll be there.

DOES THE AGENCY PROVIDE ANY EXTRA SERVICES BEYOND WHAT IS REQUIRED?

Why this is important: Many Hospice agencies only provide the required core services of nursing, social work, pastoral services and bereavement counseling, even when there are so many others that could ease pain and help clients and their families experience peace and comfort.

What you can expect with Integrity Hospice: We believe that your life is as precious as it ever was—even now. That’s why we don’t stop with the requirements.   The extra services that Integrity provides for our Hospice patients and their families include companionship, music therapy, pet therapy, massage, aromatherapy and more.

WHAT IS THE TYPICAL RESPONSE TIME IF WE NEED TO REACH SOMEONE AFTER NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS, ON WEEKENDS & ON HOLIDAYS?

Why this is important: When those dealing with a life-limiting illness need support or advice, every moment counts. It is important to discuss these expectations for response time with your hospice agency.

What you can expect with Integrity Hospice: At Integrity Home Care + Hospice, you can expect a call back within 15 minutes. If a physical visit is needed, we will be there within an hour. Your care team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will be responsive and available if symptoms are not controlled, or if our patients and families need additional support—because every moment does matter to us.

HOW OFTEN ARE VISITS MADE AND HOW LONG DOES EACH ONE LAST?

Why this is important: Your life is as precious as it ever was—and so is your time.  It’s important to know how much time will be spent with your care team, and what can be accomplished within that time period.

What you can expect with Integrity Hospice: Routine nursing visits are usually twice a week, with an aide visit also twice per week. However, varying patient-care needs or respite needs for the family may determine if daily or increased visits are more ideal. A typical visit is generally between a half hour and one and a half hours, but again, may vary according to client and family needs. We know time is precious and our focus is to make every moment count.

HOW QUICKLY WILL A TEAM MEMBER FROM OUR HOSPICE BE THERE TO BEGIN CARE?

Why this is important: There are many moving parts to beginning Hospice services—it’s important to know how adept and experienced an agency is in implementing these parts seamlessly and efficiently during an already stressful time in your lives.

What you can expect with Integrity Hospice: Unless directed otherwise by the patient or family, we aim to come out the same day. As a Hospice patient with Integrity, you are a cherished part of our family, and it gives us great joy to help you and your family rest easy and focus on time spent with each other as soon as possible.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR HOSPICE

Medicare and Medicaid pay 100% for Hospice services, including visits, equipment, and medications. Private insurance coverages vary according to plan limitations.