What Is Hospice?
Hospice involves comprehensive care to ensure the comfort and support of patients and their families when there is a life-limiting illness. Fresno Hospice delivers this care primarily in your own home.
- Assessing and managing all physical symptoms related to the illness, such as pain, nausea, anxiety, fatigue, or shortness of breath
- Providing in-home equipment, supplies, and medications related to the hospice diagnosis such as hospital beds, wound care supplies, pain medication, etc.
- Offering day and night on-call availability to meet the needs of both patients and families
- Helping patients and families navigate end-of-life decisions such as advance directives, do-not-resuscitate orders, or funeral planning
- Addressing emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of coping with a serious illness
- Honoring specific customs of all ethnic and religious backgrounds
- Memorializing the patient’s life through journaling
- Providing bereavement support for family members
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Who Is Eligible for Hospice?
There are no age or disease restrictions for hospice. Fresno Hospice helps patients with cancer, heart disease, end-stage lung, kidney, or liver disease, Alzheimer’s, ALS, or any disease in a life-limiting phase. In addition, patients experiencing serious multi-symptom decline involving severe cases of malnutrition, weight loss, inactivity, and mental impairment (referred to as “failure to thrive”) are also eligible for hospice care.
Eligibility for hospice services must be certified by a patient’s doctor as well as the hospice physician. Fresno Hospice works closely with your family physician or specialist in developing the hospice care plan.
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