Individuals and families seeking hospice care are faced with difficult choices. Memorial Hermann Hospice provides exceptional patient care, caregiver support, education, evidence-based symptom management and spiritual and emotional support to help you and your loved one prepare for end-of-life.
Not only do we walk with the patient through every step of their journey, we celebrate each life. We are dedicated to helping families cope with the loss and capture meaningful moments in their home or in a home-like atmosphere.
The goal of Memorial Hermann Hospice is to relieve suffering and improve the quality and dignity of life for people with advanced illness or those nearing the end of life. Our team of specialists, made up of nurses, social workers and chaplains, work together in constant communication with our patients to accommodate their needs while in our care. Our interdisciplinary team is genuine in our concern for hospice patients and their families and make every effort to ensure a peaceful transition.
When navigating the stages of death, many people have one or more of the following concerns:
The hospice team is comprised of experienced clinicians who assist you and your loved ones to reduce or eliminate these concerns. Our focus is to alleviate physical, emotional and spiritual suffering so that you and your loved ones can focus on greater concerns.
Our entire team works closely together, constantly communicating about our patients to provide the best care and bring them the most comfort.
Our goal for our patients is that they not suffer and that we keep them comfortable.
With the many players on our team and their resources, we support the family in this journey. The social workers and chaplains have resources for counseling, having tough conversations with children and general next steps for the families.
The chaplains work directly with the patient and also work hand in hand with the family or patient’s current spiritual guide from their church or community.
The Memorial Hermann Hospice bereavement program is when the bereavement coordinator checks in with the families who have lost a loved one arranging phone calls or in person meetings as needed.
At any time during a terminal illness, all options for care should be considered, including hospice. By law, the decision for hospice is the patient's decision. When the decision is made to stop aggressive medical treatment to beat the disease, hospice is appropriate.
The hospice team is available to discuss your options with you and help you develop an individualized plan to meet your needs. Should you choose hospice, a physician (our medical director can assist if you wish) must certify you for hospice. Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans cover all the costs of hospice care.
In addition to providing a dedicated team and skilled medical care, we provide the following:
Yes. Patients may continue hospice care for as long as they meet hospice criteria. No patient that is appropriate for hospice will be dismissed at six months. In fact research has shown that in some medical conditions, hospice care increases the life span. Occasionally, a patient may remain on hospice for one to two years.
Our primary concern is to keep our patients as symptom-free and pain-free as possible. This is accomplished with a variety of different medications. Heavy sedation is usually not required. If, however, one's pain is extremely severe, heavier medication may be used if the patient or family wishes. The goal of hospice is to meet your needs, your way.
Although Memorial Hermann Hospice has a medical director who guides each patient's care, your own personal physician may continue to serve as your attending physician.
You will receive visits from the hospice nurse regularly; however 24-hour care is the responsibility of the family or personal care facility. A registered nurse is on call 24 hours a day for symptom control, questions and concerns. A nurse will come to your home any time during the day or night for crisis care.
We will happily discharge you to your family physician. If a patient shows signs of recovery or if the condition seems to be in remission, patients together with their physicians can choose to be discharged from hospice and return to aggressive medical treatment. If the patient should later need hospice care, Medicare and most insurance plans allow coverage for this purpose.
We know that making the right choice for hospice care is important. At Memorial Hermann, we're committed to providing personalized support for you or your loved one. Complete the form below to learn more about Memorial Hermann Hospice. A team member will contact you within one business day.