People think that doctors who make house calls went the way of the horse-drawn carriage. For the dedicated doctors at VITAS, house calls are just another day at the office.
Faced with terminal illness, some 90 percent of patients prefer to remain in their homes, continuing the routines that make them most comfortable.
When a friend or family member inquires about hospice, the first step is to determine whether the patient is ready to set an appointment for an evaluation.
All hospices are reimbursed in the same way, so they do not compete on cost. It is the quality of service and spectrum of choices that differentiate one hospice from another.
People grieve because they have loved. It’s that simple. What’s more, it is our ability to love that allows us to heal from the despair of grief.
The best gift you can give the people you love is an honest and unflinching discussion about death and end-of-life choices. It’s not something you want to talk about or they want to hear. That’s what makes it a priceless gift.
A veteran talks about his military service, how he felt when his doctor referred him to hospice and what his life is like today.
After a fall, a hospice patient living at home talks about the round-the-clock Intensive Comfort Care she received in order to help her stay out of the hospital and return to her routine.
Living at home and remaining independent is possible for these hospice patients thanks to the 24-7 support, clinical expertise and ability to dispatch a member of the hospice team. It’s called Telecare.
Dean Tomich of Los Gatos grew up playing the piano alongside one of the greats. “I learned song writing from Ricky Nelson,” Tomich said.