What is Hospice?
Hospice is a special concept of care you take advantage of once the doctor has determined that the focus should turn from cure to comfort.
Once Cornerstone Hospice is recommended you will be surrounded by a team of professionals who design a plan of care that controls pain, manages symptoms and empowers you to make your choices. And while the plan we create has the patient at the center of activity, it also includes educating those around you on the role of hospice in the life of your family.
We frequently have to tell people that hospice is not a place but a type of care. People who choose Cornerstone Hospice will receive their care in the place they call home, whether that is their long time residence, a nursing home, assisted or other personal care home. But for those who may have special circumstances, Cornerstone operates a number of Hospice Houses in the region that are staffed by hospice professionals 24/7.
Each person choosing Cornerstone Hospice is automatically surrounded by a team of people who, collectively, do all of the things a patient and their family could want. Immediately a hospice-trained physician reviews your status with your nurse to determine the best plan of care (this is a phrase you will hear often) that the nurse will present to you and any family who will be involved in your care. A social worker is at your service to help navigate the many questions you might have about things not clinical in nature. The nursing assistant will likely visit on opposite days from your nurse. You will also be introduced to Social Workers, Chaplains/Spiritual Counselors, Volunteers, Therapists and, if desired, a Bereavement counselor to talk with the family.
A person is usually recommended to Cornerstone Hospice by their primary care physician or specialist once it is agreed that comfort care is preferred over curative care. Some (but not all) of the illnesses that may be a condition for hospice care include Cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer’s, or disease of the kidney, heart, lung or liver
Way too often the patient, the physician or the family will put off a discussion about hospice care. You should know that hospice is considered a six-month benefit by Medicare so choosing hospice sooner than later can possibly extend life. Do not wait too late to have the hospice conversation.
Cornerstone Hospice is one of the first non-profit hospices in Florida. We have been a hospice-of-choice in Central Florida for 35 years.