How to Choose a Hospice
Hospice care is a philosophy of care that accepts dying as a natural part of life. When death is inevitable, hospice seeks neither to hasten nor postpone it.
Not all hospices provide exactly the same services. How services are delivered changes from one hospice to another. Below are some areas you should consider when looking for a hospice program. Hospice of Marion County is your hometown hospice. We have been serving our friends and neighbors since 1983 as a not-for-profit, full-service comprehensive organization.
Our expansive program includes our own medical staff of employed physicians, each of whom make up to 90 house call a month. Our specialty programs enhance quality of life for those with cardiac, pulmonary and neurological diseases and our four hospice houses offer premier 24-hour care in homelike settings.
Why Choose Hospice of Marion County?
- How long has the hospice been in existence?
Hospice of Marion County is the only not-for-profit hospice in Marion County. It began as an all-volunteer agency in 1983. Today, it employs 250 highly trained professionals and has 700 trained volunteers to serve the individual needs of our friends and neighbors.
- What services are provided?
The Interdisciplinary Team consists of physicians, palliative care specialists, nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, chaplains, bereavement facilitators, pharmacists, equipment providers and more. Read more about what each area has to offer in terms of support.
- Who owns the hospice?
As a not-for-profit organization, Hospice of Marion County is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of the community’s premier leaders in business, healthcare and finance.
- What kind of support is available to the family/caregiver?
The family is considered the unit of care. Just as important as providing comfort measures for the patient is support for the caregiver and the family. We “meet families where they are,” meaning the family decisions are respected at all times and the level of services offered is only what they request.
- How often will a nurse or aide visit?
As often as required. By law, a nurse makes a face to face visit every two weeks, but as the condition progresses, that could become a daily visit. Certified nursing assistants visit at least three times a week to assist in bathing and personal needs. Volunteers fill in where needed for running errands or household tasks.
- How are home caregivers trained?
Our professional staff is encouraged to pursue continuing education credits (CEs) to meet their highest skill level; tuition reimbursement covers those costs. Volunteers are required to pass a 2-hour training program, which is offered monthly.
- What roles do the attending physician and hospice play?
HMC is the only hospice that employs its physicians, known as Medical Directors. Currently, it employs 7 medical directors.
- What does the hospice volunteer do?
Volunteers provide companionship, do errands, offer transportation and serve light meals or perform some housekeeping.
- How does hospice work to keep the patient comfortable?
Our palliative care (comfort medications) are individually compounded by our own pharmacist. Medications are delivered to the patient’s home and are covered by Medicare. Our physicians and nurse practitioners are highly trained in this specific titrating and provide the right amount of medication for each patient. No two patients are alike.
- How are services provided after hours?
Our on call nurses are available 24/7, 365 days a year. In the event of an emergency or acute condition, we offer Crisis Care in a patient’s home, eliminating needs for calling 911 or waiting in the hospital’s emergency room.
- How and where does hospice provide short-term inpatient care?
Our four hospice houses are located throughout the county. We have 64 beds, more than any hospice of our size in the nation.
- Can hospice be brought into a nursing home or long-term care facility?
Yes, our philosophy of care is called Aging in Place. We offer the same level of care wherever a person calls home: a nursing home, assisted living facility, or their private home.
- What quality standards does the hospice meet?
Quality and excellence of care is our gold standard. Our Quality Improvement department continually seeks to meet and exceed the needs of our patients and families. The director, Deb Ronaldo, 352-873-7442, and her staff are available at all times to take care of individual concerns.