Harbor Hospice Residence Home Care serving Muskegon, Oceana, Ottawa, and Mason counties
• Who Provides care and what do they do?
Who provides care and what do they do?
Harbor Hospice caregivers include the following individuals:
What other services are offered and how do they help?
When your loved one begins receiving Harbor Hospice services, the team develops a Plan of Care detailing which team members will visit, how often, and what medications and equipment are needed. The Plan of Care is updated regularly and guides the efforts of hospice staff caring for your loved one.
The plan may include the following services when needed:
When is the right time to call hospice?
When life is measured in months, not years, it is time to talk to your doctor about hospice care. When the doctor can, in his or her best medical judgment, say that your loved one has a terminal illness and the prognosis is six months or less, it’s time to talk about Harbor Hospice. Requests for information and/or a visit about hospice care come from many sources – the patient, the family, the doctor, the discharge planner, or the specialists’ office. The formal referral must come from your doctor.
The comment we hear most frequently from who have elected hospice care is that they wish they had come into care sooner. Supportive and compassionate services help guide the patient and familiy through every step of the end of life journey.
Who pays for hospice care?
For people who are on Medicare, hospice care is covered by the Medicare benefit. Medical care, equipment, supplies, and prescriptions related to the terminal diagnosis are all covered. For patients who are not Medicare eligible, there are other options available, such as private insurance. Hospice staff members can discuss this with your family at an informational or intake meeting. As a non-profit organization, we raise funds to meet the needs of patients and families without insurance, thereby ensuring that all are served without regard for ability to pay.
When is it OK to call hospice and how quickly will you respond?
For families who are in our care, if you have a question, need reassurance, or want a nurse to visit, call us. That is why we are here. Staff is available by phone 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to address your concerns. If no one is available, immediately, a nurse will return your call, usually within 15 minutes.
Won’t it take away hope if I talk to my loved one about dying?
Dying is a part of living. Talking about death will not make a person die or hasten death, but it may change the way they die – and more importantly – it may change the way they live. Talking about death frees you to celebrate every precious moment of life until the very moment of death.
Can my loved one still see their own physician?
If your loved one wants to see their own physician, that is their choice. Your hospice nurse will help facilitate the visits. If your loved one can no longer get out to their own doctor, hospice will provide all the services needed in the home while maintaining contact with your loved one's doctor.
Can my loved one remain in Harbor Hospice care if they live longer than six months?
As long as your loved one continues to meet the standards set for hospice care, they may continue to receive hospice services. Determining life expectancy can be difficult. Although Medicare requires that a person has a limited life expectancy of six months or less to receive hospice care, many outlive this time frame. The doctor simply recertifies the patient to continue hospice care.