What does the Hospice team provide?
Hospice of Jefferson County provides a team of professionals to help families during the final months of a loved one's life. The Hospice team works with the patient, the family, and the patient's physician to put together a unique plan of care. The plan belongs to the patient and family, as do any changes along the way.
The Hospice team consists of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Social Workers, Bereavement Counselors, and Volunteers. Visits are made to the patient's home as often as indicated by the plan of care, with phone support and emergency visits available twenty-four hours a day. Medications and medical supplies that are necessary to alleviate pain and discomfort associated with the terminal condition are supplied as part of the Hospice benefit.
The Hospice team is interdisciplinary, recognizing that a life-limiting illness has emotional and spiritual dimensions for both the patient and family. Bereavement counseling is made available to family members for up to a year after the death of a loved one.
Who is eligible for Hospice?
Hospice care should be considered for anyone who has been determined to have a life expectancy of six months or less. Under current Medicare regulations and most insurance plans, the decision to elect Hospice benefits requires that curative treatment not be pursued, so it is important that the patient and family understand all their options. (The Medicaid program now allows children to receive both Hospice and curative treatment, and pilot projects are underway to test permitting concurrent treatment for adults.)
How is a referral for Hospice made?
A referral can be made by the patient, a family member or the patient's physician, simply by calling the Hospice office (315-788-7323). The Hospice admissions coordinator will contact the family and schedule a home visit. A request for a home visit does not in any way obligate the patient to accept Hospice care; in fact, it is critical that the patient and family receive a full explanation of the Hospice benefit before making a decision.
Where are these services provided?
Hospice of Jefferson County is licensed by the New York State Department of Health to provide services in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties. Most patients are cared for in their own homes, but residents of adult homes, intermediate care facilities, and nursing homes are also eligible to receive care by our expert staff. For those who want an alternative to home care or institutional care (hospital or nursing home), our newly opened Residence is an excellent option.
The Hospice Residence is an 8 bedroom facility located at 1398 Gotham Street. In this home-like setting, each bedroom has a private bathroom and a patio that overlooks a beautiful pond. A large, communal living room with a fire place and a kitchen are available for all to share. Meals are prepared whenever desired and every attempt is made to meet food preferences and requests. Each bedroom has a comfortable sleeper sofa for family wishing to spend the night. In warmer weather, larger patios are available for enjoying the beautiful grounds.
Tours are always available by calling the main number: 315-788-7323.
What does Hospice Care Cost?
For most patients, there is no cost, not even a co-pay. Hospice coverage is a right for all who meet medical criteria under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and most other insurance plans provide some coverage. For those patients who elect care in the Residence, however, there is a Room and Board fee exempt for those with Medicaid coverage. Our Director of Finance will meet with you to review your insurance coverage. A sliding scale fee is available. No one is refused care due to the lack of insurance coverage or ability to pay.