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Hospice care offers physical, emotional and spiritual support for people suffering from a terminal illness. Hospice care is often completed in a patient’s home. Hospice care providers are specially trained healthcare professionals with education, experience and caring hearts. Hospice care is often offered to cancer patients and more. Here are some terms to know about hospice and home care.

  • Palliative Care – Palliative care is a specialized treatment which focuses on relieving the pain of patients suffering throughout an illness. For example, some medications administered by nurses relieve only the symptoms of a sickness but do not cure the disease itself which makes them palliative.
  • Inpatient – Inpatient care refers to when a patient must stay in a hospital or facility.
  • Living Will – A living will is a legal and medical document that contains a patients preferences in the case that a patient becomes too ill to make decisions. A living will usually indicates a relative or spouse who will make decisions in the case that a patient’s terminal illness leaves them unable to make decisions about their health.
  • Pediatrics – Pediatrics refers to healthcare specifically for infants and children.
  • Respite – Respite care is temporary care that can be provided by a nurse or other professional. In many cases respite is provided for family members who need a short relief from caring for a loved one suffering from cancer or another terminal disease.
  • Bereavement – Bereavement is a specialized care and counseling service that assists friends and family members handle grief after the death of a loved one from terminal illnesses, cancer or other disease.
  • Medicare – Medicare is a federal insurance program set up by government to assist the elderly and ill pay hospital bills.
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    National Hospice Organization
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    Finding dependable hospice services for your loved one can be tough, so use our association. Our directory lists only the most reputable hospice services in every region of the nation.
     
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    Preferred Hospice of Missouri
    601 S Business Highway 13, Lexington, MO 64067
    For compassionate, palliative services during a loved one's terminal illness, turn to the area's specialists in hospice care. We are always here for you and your family. Contact us today to learn more about what we do.
    (660) 259-9161
    Saint Luke's Home Care Services
    3100 Broadway St Ste 1000, Kansas City, MO 64111
    (816) 756-1160
    Northcare Hospice & Palliative Care
    2900 Clay Edwards Dr Ste 2, Kansas City, MO 64116
    (816) 691-5119
    Northcare Hospice House
    2800 Clay Edwards Dr, Kansas City, MO 64116
    (816) 691-5119
    Kendallwood Hospice
    2908 Nw Vivion Rd, Riverside, MO 64150
    (816) 587-1000
    Heart of America Hospice
    155 S 18th St, Kansas City, KS 66102
    (913) 281-4588
    Hospice Advantage
    6340 Glenwood St Ste 109, Mission, KS 66202
    (913) 671-6720
    Vitas Innovative Hospice Care
    10000 W 75th St Ste 231, Overland Park, KS 66204
    (913) 722-1631
    VITAS Inpatient Unit at Research Medical Center
    2316 E Meyer Blvd Fl 7th, Kansas City, MO 64132
    (816) 276-9900
    Hospice Care of The MidWest
    400 E Red Bridge Rd Ste 115, Kansas City, MO 64131
    (816) 285-6083
    CrossRoads Hospice
    9237 Ward Pkwy Ste 300, Kansas City, MO 64114
    (816) 333-9200
    Odyssey Healthcare
    800 E 101st Ter Ste 240, Kansas City, MO 64131
    (816) 333-1980
    Good Shepherd Hospice
    7611 State Line Rd Ste 200, Kansas City, MO 64114
    (816) 822-2292
    Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice
    1001 E 101st Ter Ste 180, Kansas City, MO 64131
    (816) 943-1798
    Grace Hospice Leawood
    8900 State Line Rd Ste 409, Leawood, KS 66206
    (913) 948-9473


    Some hospitals and other medical facilities offer hospice services for patients who need help managing terminal illnesses. The types of hospice services offered by a hospital can vary significantly, so it makes sense for families to learn about the palliative health care options that each medical facility can provide. Many hospice centers provide home health care for terminally ill patients. These programs either pay for nurses to visit the patient's home or recruit volunteers to provide end of life services. This can include long term or short term care, largely depending on what sickness the patient has. Someone struggling with incurable cancer might find that they only have a short amount of time left to live. Those with other conditions, could have many months or years left before death. Hospice programs often provide long term patients with services that help prevent pain, improve general health, and prevent emergency situations. Some insurance companies pay for sick patients to visit medical centers for hospice care, but they might not pay for home services. This varies from provider to provider, so be sure to check with your specific company to determine what options are best for you. You can learn more about the clinics, hospitals, and rest centers that provide hospice services in your area by searching the internet for their websites. You can also visit chat rooms where individuals discuss their experiences with the health care centers in your region. This provides information from the patients' perspective, which will help you understand the types of treatments that hospice centers offer.
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