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Home care can mean several things. The biggest blessing to hospice care
is that it follows the patient wherever they go. Be that their personal
home, assisted living, or nursing home, hospice takes great pride in being
able to care for patients where they want to be. Home care is also synonymous
with our CNAs (certified nursing aides). Hospice of Lubbock has some the
best CNAs in West Texas that provide assistance with the personal care
of our patients. Our CNAs are the heart and soul of our organization due
to the fact they often see the patient more than any other discipline.
Hospice of Lubbock wouldn’t be able to function without of CNAs.
This term can be very confusing to people. The best explanation I can offer
is that, “All poodles are dogs. Not all dogs are poodles.”
ALL hospice patients are receiving Palliative Care, but there are many
palliative care patients that are not ready for or do not qualify for
hospice services. Palliative Care is the practice of treating symptoms
associated with life-limiting or life-threatening illness. A patient may
have Stage 2 or 3 cancer and need help managing pain, but still be receiving
treatment aimed at curing their cancer or placing it in remission. These
are the patients that receive palliative care. Once a patient’s
condition is considered terminal they have a life expectancy of 6 months
or less, then they become eligible for hospice services.
Hospice of Lubbock is the only hospice in this area that provides hospice
services for pediatric patients (18 years and younger). We have provided
this service since we opened our doors in 1987. While taking care of children
with a terminal prognosis can be difficult, our pediatric team within
Hospice of Lubbock will tell you that our pediatric hospice patients often
teach us far more about living than we ever imagined possible.
Hospice of Lubbock focuses on quality of life by easing pain and providing
comfort. We are a non-profit hospice committed to every patient and their
family who seeks our care, whether they have a way to pay for that care
or not. This means our resources are not used to benefit shareholders
but instead go back into services that benefit you and your family. It
allows us to fulfill our mission of providing you with the very highest
standards of care.
Some patients have Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance, but there
are those who do not have billable insurance or the financial means to
pay for end-of-life care when they need it. Hospice of Lubbock has never
denied hospice services to an eligible patient based on their ability
to pay. We rely on charitable donations to help offset the cost of our
unfunded care. Patients with private insurance may need to meet deductibles
and co-payment requirements. No patient will be denied hospice services
due to complexity of disease, cost of care, or inability to pay.
Grief is a process unique to each individual. No one can tell you how long
and in what manner you should grieve, but there are elements of bereavement
that are more or less common to all who pass through it. Understanding
these common elements and how others have dealt with them can be of great
help. Through our bereavement program at Hospice of Lubbock, we reach
out a caring hand to the loved ones of patients who have died. We offer
support in a variety of ways. Services include individual counseling,
group counseling, and support events throughout the year.
(Applied for grants to fund this initiative. Target start date is January 2020)
Hospice of Lubbock is currently looking for a grant or major donor to help
fund a Music Therapy Program to benefit our patients and family. Music
Therapy is far more than someone playing the piano or singing a song.
It incorporates music into the complicated world of grief and bereavement.
One of the areas that Music Therapist use to help people in their grief
journey is to record a patient’s heartbeat and weave it into a song
that is given to the family.