About Us

What is hospice?

The hospice philosophy seeks to enable patients to experience a pain free life while managing symptoms, so their final days may be spent with dignity, surrounded by loved ones. 


Choice Hospice believes in providing patient care that affirms life and neither

hastens nor postpones death. Care is extended to the family with guidance, counseling and support through the process of loss and important decision making.


Hospice care focuses on all aspects of life and well being: physical, emotional, an spiritual. Together with our caregivers we emphasize our patient’ psychological and emotional welfare while we care for their physical needs.


Our compassionate staff understands a patients’ needs, and we respect each individual’s differences and preferences. Our patients and their loved ones can participate in their care if desired, and attain a degree of mental and spiritual preparedness for death.

When and where do I start?

The moment a family is told a loved one is ready for hospice care...anxiety, uncertainties and questions will arise. Choice will be there to answer questions and guide you through the maze of healthcare, medications and supplies that may be ordered. We provide social

workers to assist in obtaining these necessities, a chaplain to provide spiritual care, nurses and home health aides, therapists and 24 hour access to nursing care and advice.


When should one seek hospice care?    Most patient families have stated...”I wish my loved one had been on hospice care much earlier, it is such a blessing.”

It may never be too soon, but to qualify a patient must be willing to move from a curative to a palliative method of care, and have an estimated six months or less to live. Although, many of our patients have gone from hospice care to home health care as the treatment received while with Choice Hospice improved their condition for a few months. 


Hospice care will provide comfort, pain relief and symptom control for those with life ending terminal illness. You may be told by the patient’s physician that it is time to move towards hospice care, or

you may have an instinct that the proper time is near. Although physicians many

times will mention a few hospices, this is your life...your loved one’s life. 


As the caregiver, you ultimately decide which hospice agency is the best fit for

you or your loved one. Ask questions, read through the information we provide here, and take notes. Please call our office at any time to discuss care options, and to decide, with your physician, if hospice care would be appropriate.


Qualifying illnesses include but are not limited to:

  • Heart Disease
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Dementia
  • Renal Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Cancer
  • ALS

What services are available?

Whenever you call Choice, there will be a team of professionals ready to speak with you to answer any questions. We are available to meet personally with the

family to discuss hospice care, patient and family needs, and to reassure you that the loved one whose care you entrust to Choice will become as much a part of our family as yours.


Services provided include controlling all symptoms of a disease with a special emphasis on relief of a patient’s

pain and discomfort, patient and family emotional, social and spiritual support, medication management, at home blood testing when required, counseling and

bereavement services. Home Health Aides assist with bathing, personal care and daily living activities.


All patient care is provided by a Registered Nurse, and all aspects of patient need and care are are constantly

evaluated in collaboration with the family, physician, medical director and caregivers.


Upon referral to Choice Hospice, our head nurse will come to the home or place of residence for a physical

evaluation, to meet with the family, explain the hospice concept, answer any questions, and coordinate a plan of

care with caregivers and physicians.

Equipment needs will be assessed, supplies ordered, and the hospice “team”, of which the family is a valued

component, will begin the love, support and care of the patient.


Our hospice team

consists of....

CHOICE MEDICAL DIRECTOR

REGISTERED NURSES

CERTIFIED HOME HEALTH AIDES

CHAPLAIN

SOCIAL WORKER

THERAPISTS IF NEEDED

DIETICIAN

VOLUNTEER...AND

OUR OWNER AND CEO - WHO IS

PERSONALLY INVOLVED IN THE

CARE OF EVERY PATIENT.

services include...

  • pain management
  • medical equipment & supplies
  • registered nurses
  • 24 hour on call duty
  • certified home health aides
  • chaplain & social worker
  • grief counseling


Who pays for hospice?

Hospice care is provided by...

Hospice care provided by Choice

may be paid for in numerous ways. All costs incurred are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, managed care, private health

insurance and private pay. The expenses covered include:

  • medication
  • hospital equipment and supplies
  • nursing care
  • necessary medical testing
  • home health aides
  • social work, counseling and spiritual care
  • grief and loss recovery for family members

Necessary Discussions

The following is an article by Kim Painter, a writer for USA Today, which beautifully illustrates the need for conversations about end of life...and your right to make decisions.


The End-of-Life Discussion Can Be Made Easier

So, what did your family discuss at Thanksgiving dinner? Football? Politics? The mysteries of mincemeat pie?

At Alexandra Drane's house, those topics may have come up, but so did this: a discussion of how family members want their medical care handled if and when they are approaching death and

cannot speak for themselves.


Drane, president of Eliza Corp., a health care communications company, got the talk started with five questions she hopes will soon be posed at many tables, thanks to a new website.

The idea: making one of life's most difficult discussions easier by boiling it down to five talking points on a single, easily e-mailed and linked slide that can be shared during business events, long

car rides and family dinners.


The project was born, appropriately enough, around a dinner table Drane and Holt shared this summer. That evening, the two found themselves in a passionate discussion about the ways the health care system often fails dying patients. They talked about the fact that well-meaning doctors and hospitals often aggressively treat such patients, keeping them hooked up to machines and trapped in hospitals, even when people might want something different, Holt says.


Drane shared a personal story: In 2004, her sister-in-law, Rosaria Vandenberg, a pharmacist and mother of a toddler daughter, was diagnosed with an aggressive, cancerous brain tumor.

"Za," as she was known by her family, became too ill to walk or speak. She was hospitalized for two months, and doctors predicted the end was near — but they pleaded with the family to keep her in the hospital. Drane and other family members agreed. But Drane's husband, Antonio, spoke up: It was time for sister to go home. She did. That night, Za's 2-year-old daughter, Alessia, was able to lie beside her mother for the first time in two months.

"And Za — who had not spoken or opened her eyes in at least a week, woke up fully, and looked her daughter square in the eyes, and loved her. … And the next night she died, peacefully, 


https://www.agingwithdignity.org