Hospice is a philosophy
of care for people of all ages in the last stages of a terminal illness such as cancer or emphysema. Hospice does not hasten death. It affirms life and regards dying as a normal process.
Whenever possible, hospice patients stay in the familiar surroundings of their own homes, in an atmosphere of dignity and support for the patient and the family. The patient's own physician continues to direct all of the medical care provided by our hospice staff.
To qualify for hospice care a patient must:
- Have a terminal diagnosis with a life expectancy of six months or less
- Have approval of their attending physician who continues to direct all care
- Are seeking comfort care rather than curative treatment
Samaritan Hospice Services recognizes and works to meet these special needs of the dying:
- Relief from pain and discomfort
- To be close to loved ones
- Quality of life for the patient and family
- Bereavement support for family
Our staff and volunteers support patients and family members through the final stages of illness. Ongoing contact and support for the family is offered through our bereavement program.
Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, most commercial and private health insurance plans, and by worker's compensation. If needed, our staff can assist you with insurance coverage information.