Lincoln Medical Hospice
Who are we?
Since 1993, Lincoln Medical Home Health and Hospice has provided hospice services to patients in Lincoln County and surrounding areas. The agency is licensed by the state of Tennessee, Medicare certified, and accredited by the Joint Commission.
What is Hospice Care?
Hospice provides support and care for persons in the last phases of a terminal illness so that they may live as fully and as comfortably as possible. Hospice recognizes that the dying process is a part of the normal process of living and focuses on enhancing the quality of remaining life (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization).
Hospice care is a team-oriented approach to medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support tailored to a dying patient's needs and wishes. It validates the quality rather than the quantity of life and looks at not only the patient’s needs, but the needs of the caregivers as well. Lincoln Medical Hospice provides services to relieve symptoms, manage pain, and give emotional and spiritual support.
WHO CAN RECEIVE HOSPICE CARE?
- People with an illness causing limited life expectancy. The patient’s clinical information must support a life expectancy of six months or less if no further aggressive treatment is provided. However, some patients may live longer than six months. Hospice care is appropriate as long as a review of the patient’s condition supports limited life expectancy.
- Patients and families who have chosen to focus on symptom and pain management, not curative treatment. Hospice care does not mean LESS care. It means that the focus of care has shifted from curative to supportive.
- Care may be provided in a patient’s home, assisted living facility, or nursing home. Hospice may also be provided in a skilled facility or hospital for those patients requiring a high level of care that cannot be provided in the home setting.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR HOSPICE CARE?
Hospice is frequently associated with cancer, but there are many chronic illnesses and conditions in which a patient is considered to be terminal with a limited life expectancy. Patients who exhibit weight loss, functional decline, decreasing ability to eat or drink, frequent hospitalizations, chronic infections, worsening breathing problems, pain exacerbations or a combination of various symptoms may qualify for hospice support.
Diagnosis commonly associated with hospice care include End-Stage phases of:
- Alzheimer's Dementia
- Neurological Diseases
- Liver Disease
- Heart Disease
- Lung Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Stoke or Coma
WHAT ARE BENEFITS OF HOSPICE CARE?
- Medical Director
- Trained Hospice Nurses
- Home Health Aides
- Medical Social Worker
- Bereavement Coordinator
- Nutritional Counseling if needed
- Chaplain and Spiritual Support
- Trained Volunteers
WHO PROVIDES CARE?
Lincoln Medical Hospice utilizes a compassionate team of trained professionals and volunteers who work together to individualize each patient’s plan of care, and provide services to meet that patient and family’s needs.
The interdisciplinary team is composed of the following:
- Payment for medications related
to the terminal diagnosis
- Payment of durable medical equipment
- 24 Hour on-call service and support
- Symptom control and pain management
- Volunteer support
- Support for family and caregivers post-death
HOW IS HOSPICE PAID?
Hospice is usually covered by Medicare, Medicaid, VA Benefits, or private insurance. However, Lincoln Medical Home Health and Hospice is dedicated to offering the same quality care to residents of Lincoln County regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Association
- National Association for Home Care
- Tennessee Association for Home Care
- Tennessee Hospice Organization
Medicare Hospice Benefit http://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/02154.pdf
Advance Directives Information/ Forms http://tn.gov/health/article/advance-directives
Caring Connections http://www.caringinfo.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1
Help for Family Caregivers http://nextstepincare.org/Caregiver_Home/