Considering the best options for care at the end of life can be difficult. We are often asked, “is my loved one eligible or even ready for hospice care?” We are here to help you navigate the best path. We have team members ready to listen and help you day or night, 24/7, with all of your questions.
Hospice care provides expert medical care and compassion to persons nearing the end of life’s journey.
Normally, appropriate candidates for hospice are persons:
- With a life expectancy of 6 months or less if the illness runs its normal course
- Who desire palliative treatment (non-curative, comfort care)
- Who want to stay wherever they call home as long as possible
- Who have someone to help with their care
Admission to our program begins with a referral by a:
- The person who is ill
- A healthcare surrogate
- Other concerned parties
Next, a Big Bend Hospice nurse will visit the person who is ill, along with their caregiver if desired, to discuss our services and evaluate the appropriateness of hospice care.
Next, a Big Bend Hospice nurse will visit the person who is ill to discuss our services and evaluate the appropriateness of hospice care.
Still not sure if hospice care is right for you or your loved one? Review “The Myths of Hospice Care” to learn more about our program and its common misconceptions.
The Transitions program provides emotional support and practical, non-medical assistance to individuals and their families who are coping with a serious illness.
One out of every four Americans who dies each year is a Veteran. Because we know that Veterans have unique needs when it comes to end-of-life care, Big Bend Hospice has a dedicated military liaison on staff and has created a tailored group of programs specifically for our servicemen and women.
Everyone grieves in their own way. Our trained counselors and spiritual leaders are here for you and ready to listen. We offer both group and individual grief counseling as well as remembrance services and camps to meet the needs of those who are bereaved, including those who may not have utilized hospice services for the one they are missing.
Not everyone is religious. But everyone is spiritual.
Hospice spiritual care is based on a high respect for you and your family’s personal faith, belief, or way of making meaning. Our Counselors are here to help you and your family cope with the significant spiritual issues that often arise during terminal illness.
Services include regular visits, being on-call, helping the patient and families connect with local clergy as requested, and conducting funerals and memorial services as desired.
In addition to our Hospice Services and Transitions Program and thanks to community support, we are able to offer additional therapies that focus on the entire person.