At Memorial Hermann Hospice, we help individuals facing life limiting illnesses live each day to the fullest, without pain and in the company of people who care. We provide exceptional patient care experiences, evidenced-based symptom management and spiritual/emotional support. We enable patients and their loved ones to live with hope as they learn to cope with loss and prepare for the end of life. We have a tradition of serving our community with compassion, comfort and care.
The Memorial Hermann Hospice and Supportive Care team is multidisciplinary and includes volunteers to provide a community of care for both patients and their loved ones, including caregiver support and education. The presence and important contribution of volunteers as a core part of the team distinguishes hospice care from other healthcare services.
Our mission is to improve the health of our patients so that we remain a vital post-acute resource for Memorial Hermann and become one for external physicians and other healthcare organizations as well. We will continue to advance health at the home care and hospice levels by providing an exceptional patient experience through wraparound services, knowledgeable expertise and innovative technology.
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.
To learn more about volunteering or to sign up for our next Hospice Volunteer training session, contact us at (713) 338-7400, or fill out the volunteer form.