Family Hospice

What is Hospice Care?

Providing quality hospice care for all ages and their families.

hospice careA team of professionals – physicians, nurses, hospice aides, social services, chaplains and volunteers – who develop a plan of care focused on the patient’s and family’s needs and wishes. Our team makes regular visits to assess the changing needs and to offer support to caregivers.

Our team consults with the patient’s attending physician to determine the best way to meet the needs of the patient and family. We provide expertise in pain control and symptom management to keep patients comfortable. We have staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

At Family LifeCare we focus on improving the quality of life and bringing comfort, peace and even joy to those facing a life-limiting illness.

It is important for you to understand that we connect deeply to what those we care for are experiencing, and approach every relationship with sensitivity, understanding, and a profound sense of empathy born from our own life experiences. We understand what you are feeling, facing, and experiencing. So why is that important? Because it means we’ll give you individualized care, care that not only supports where you are in your healthcare journey, but care tailored to who you are as an individual.

We see the benefits of hospice every day, but we know for you this will be the first time you have experienced hospice as a patient. You have probably heard many things about hospice from friends, family, or even the media. Some may be true and some are far from true. Hospice is probably the most misunderstood philosophy of care available.

In reality, hospice is about quality of life. It is about facing the end of your life on your terms and partnering with a team of caregivers uniquely trained to help you do just that.

We can provide care wherever you choose: at home, in an assisted living facility, or even in a nursing home. Your choice to remain on hospice is just that, a choice. You can choose to withdraw from hospice care at any time to seek medical treatment that may become available.

Together, we’ll help you regain control and to feel empowered, because each day is about your choice to live fully.

Hospice is a personal choice and should be made when you feel it’s time to focus on comfort rather than a cure. The decision to begin care is determined by you and your family.

Research shows that hospice care works best and is most beneficial to you and your loved one when started early on. In fact, our patients often tell us they wish they chose hospice sooner. There are many benefits hospice can bring that may help you and your loved ones now.

For example, our patients who begin hospice care sooner have the opportunity to make use of our expertise in helping with pain control and symptom management. Also, families caring for a loved one can benefit from the support our hospice caregiving team brings. We can share some of the responsibilities of providing day-to-day care.

Choosing to let us help earlier can increase the quality of time left. Studies have shown that individuals on hospice have actually lived longer. Reducing pain, symptoms, and easing responsibilities will let you and your family focus less on the disease and more on enjoying time together.

We understand that your advancing illness is not only touching your life but your family’s lives as well. So we’ll be there to comfort your family and help them through any challenging days ahead.

Your family will maintain an active role in caring for you and will strive to give you the very best care. They will have the full support of our team from our expertly trained nurses, to our hospice aides who will help with daily caregiving, to our chaplains and social workers. Imagine a team of people dedicated to providing the best care possible while ensuring no one in your family feels completely overwhelmed or like they are facing this struggle alone.

Your family will also have the support of our grief support services. Anyone who needs someone to talk to or a little extra help coping can find the support and guidance they need. We also help family members understand each others feelings and share their thoughts, wishes, and concerns.

Am I appropriate for Hospice Services?

If you are questioning whether you or your loved one are appropriate for our services, ask yourself these questions:

  • Have you had multiple hospitalizations or emergency room visits in the last 6 months?
  • Do you take pain medication?
  • Have you had multiple falls within the last 6 months?
  • Do you need assistance with bathing, dressing, walking, getting out of bed or eating?
  • Has your physician said you have a life-limiting condition?
  • Are you losing weight?

Do you have any of the following serious illnesses?

  • Heart Disease
  • Lung Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Liver Disease
  • Alzheimers or Dementia
  • Renal Disease
  • Effects of Stroke
  • Cancer

Hospice frequently asked questions

The selection of a hospice is a critical decision that requires some effort, but ultimately provides you
or yours with the quality of continuing care that you want. Our magazine asks some questions leading you
through the exploration process, and it seems quite fitting that you know how Family LifeCare would answer those questions. Let’s travel together through a typical admission process for one of our patients, giving you an informed perspective for choosing.

When the patient or family member contacts our organization someone will answer the call 24/7. Our
Community Resource team is well trained to respond to your questions. You will feel ‘welcomed’, you will feel they care, and, as importantly, you’ll feel that they know. An enrollment visit can be scheduled where you are within hours of the call. These same engaging persons make it possible at that time for you to learn further about hospice and what it means for you or your loved ones. Our representatives talk to you in a way that allows you to be heard, to ask your questions, and to absorb the important message. After all, this conversation is about you and your future care.

Certainly the primary question is WHY FAMILY LIFECARE? We are a community-based non-profit
accessible 24/7. We have three Board Certified Hospice and Palliative Care physicians with a strong record of collaborating well with physicians in each community. We want your physician involved. We also have a specialized pharmacy able to meet unique medication needs and deliver durable medical equipment directly to you in a timely manner. Family LifeCare has an array of volunteers trained extensively to provide the support and compassion welcomed by you and yours, both in the home and in the nursing facility. One of our unique Volunteer programs is the 11th Hour. Sometimes as the patient approaches death, family members appreciate the bedside presence of a volunteer, especially when distance keeps them from being near. Finally, Family LifeCare has good working relationships with multiple nursing facilities and hospitals, allowing for both respite and in-patient care when symptoms can no longer be managed at home. Family Hospice is a quality hospice—we encourage you to contact the families of those we have served through the years. We are in your community. We are known for our compassion. We are known for our care.

Hospice begins when curative treatment is no longer expected to be effective and is designed to provide comfort care for individuals in the last 6 months of their life. Once this time frame has been identified, Family Life Care can begin services immediately.

To determine if you or a loved one is appropriate, Family Life Care encourages you to contact us at 800-355-2817 for a complimentary consultation. You may also confer with your physician to determine if hospice services are appropriate for you.

Hospice services are a free benefit for Medicare and Medicaid recipients. Family Life Care also accepts payment from Commercial insurance companies for which there would be little or no charge to the insured.

The hospice benefit covers costs related to the life-limiting illness, including medications, medical equipment, medical supplies and the valuable time and expertise of our team of professionals. In addition, Family Life Care can also provide hospitalization for symptom management and respite care to offer the caregiver relief.

A financial assessment can be completed for persons not covered under insurance. Regardless of your financial situation, call Family Life Care today at 800-355-2817 to determine how we can assist you!

Family Life Care provides their comprehensive array of services to people in any residential setting, whether it is their own home, a nursing facility or an assisted living complex. In fact, individuals often find with the support of our services they can remain in their home or assisted living residence longer.  Our service area includes the following counties: Adams, Allen, Blackford, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Randolph, Wabash, Wells and Whitley.

The facilities in which we currently provide care to patients include the following:

Adams County

Allen County

Blackford County

Grant County

Huntington County

Jay County

Randolph County

Wabash County

Wells County

Yes, if the antibiotic will help the patient to be more comfortable and this is what the patient and/or their representative decide.