Hospice is a special kind of care for people facing life-limiting illnesses, their families and their care givers that treats the physical needs of the patient as well as their emotional and spiritual needs. Hospice care involves a core interdisciplinary team of professionals and volunteers who provide medical, psychological, and spiritual support for the terminally ill, and assistance to their families. Focused on pain control and symptom management, the care is primarily based in the home, enabling families to remain together in peace, comfort, and dignity.
Hospice is available to all terminally ill individuals and their families regardless of their age, gender, race, nationality, creed, sexual orientation, physical condition, availability of primary caregiver, or ability to pay. Anyone can refer a patient to Catholic Hospice. To be admitted, a patient must:
• Agree to treatment aimed at comfort rather than cure.
• Have an incurable disease with a life expectancy of six months or less, as certified
by a physician. Catholic Hospice serves patient with all diagnoses, including: AIDS,
Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Cardiac Disease, Congenital Disorders, Gastro-Intestinal
Disease, Hematologic Disorders, Neurological Disorders and Renal Disease.
• Live in Miami-Dade, Browad or Monroe County at the time of service.
For more information, or to make a referral, call the Admissions Department at 305.822.2380 or 954.676.5465
Medicare-certified hospices typically provide nursing care; social services; physician services; counseling services (including spiritual and dietary); home care aide; bereavement services; physical and occupational therapies; and speech-language pathology services. Short term, in-patient care (for respite, pain control, and symptom management), continuous care in the home, and medical equipment and supplies (including drugs and biologicals) are also available. Additional services can be offered. Therefore, the range of hospice services may vary from program to program. Care is structured to keep families together in the least restrictive environment possible.
Choosing the appropriate care for you or your loved one is never a decision that comes easy. Regardless of age, diagnosis, or financial standing, it’s important to have a clear understanding about the care choices that are available and to recognize which is best for each person’s specific needs.
Hospice treats the person, instead of the disease; focuses on the family, instead of just the individual; and emphasizes the quality of life, instead of its duration.
Hospice uses the combined knowledge and skills of an interdisciplinary team of professionals, including physicians, nurses, home care aides, social workers, spiritual caregivers, counselors, and volunteers.
Hospice care is a cost-effective alternative to services provided in hospitals, nursing homes, and other institutional settings.
Hospice is the preferred choice of health care delivery for the terminally ill and their families.
Hospice services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance and managed care plans. Hospices heavily rely on grants and community support to fund services for patients with little or no insurance. Catholic Hospice raises funds for indigent patients who have no insurance or whose insurance does not cover all costs of care.