HOSPICE CARE & SUPPORT
What is Hospice Care?
A patient-centered specialized program for someone who is facing a life limiting illness. Services are provided in the comfort of the patient’s home.
Who is Eligible?
Hospice care is available to any person at any age who has a life limiting illness and a life expectancy of six months or less. The patient is no longer seeking curative treatments for his or her illness. Eligibility is established by your physician.
- Skilled Nursing care for pain and symptom management
- 24-hour Emergency on-call support
- Education for primary caregivers
- Home Health Aides for personal care
- Counseling from Medical Social Workers
- Referrals for medical equipment and supplies
- Medication management
- Inpatient care for short-term acute symptom management
- Volunteer services
- Chaplain and bereavement services
How do you qualify for hospice care?
If you have Medicare Part A and meet these conditions, your hospice care is fully covered:
- Your hospice doctor and your regular doctor (if you have one) certify that you are terminally ill (life expectancy of 6 months or less)
- You accept palliative care (for comfort) instead of care to cure your illness.
- You sign a statement choosing hospice care instead of other Medicare-covered benefits to treat your terminal illness and related conditions.
What does hospice care include?
Depending on your illness and related conditions, the plan of care your hospice team creates can include any or all of these services all offered by Robinson Creek: doctor and nursing care, medical equipment and supplies, prescription drugs, hospice aide and homemaker services, therapy services (physical, occupational, speech), social work services, dietary counseling, grief and loss counseling for you and your family, short-term inpatient care (for pain and symptom management), and short-term respite care. Short-term respite care means that you will become an inpatient at a Medicare-approved facility (like a hospital, nursing home, or other hospice care facility) if your usual caregiver (i.e., family member) needs a rest. As your hospice provider, Robinson Creek will arrange this for you. You can stay up to 5 days each time you get respite care.
How long can you get hospice care?
Hospice care is for people with a life expectancy of 6 months or less. However, if you live longer than 6 months, you can still get hospice care, as long as the hospice medical director or other hospice doctor re-certifies you (or your loved one). In addition, a hospice nurse and doctor are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to give you and your family support and care when you need it. There is always someone here for you during this difficult time.
Serving Central Texas
We service patients in the Austin and San Antonio area in these counties: