What is Hospice?
The Hospice team is comprised of physicians, nurses, social workers, aides, chaplains, bereavement specialists, and volunteers. These disciplines, as well as medication and medical supplies related to an individual’s terminal illness are provided as a comprehensive care approach to their care.
Hospice is a benefit under Medicare and most insurance plans. There is usually no out of pocket expense to the individual or family for hospice services.
When should someone be referred to Apex Hospice for Hospice care?
When there is a confirmed diagnosis of a terminal illness with a life expectancy of six (6) months or less if the disease runs its natural course.
When an individual chooses comfort care and is no longer receiving curative treatment for the terminal disease.
When the individual’s attending physician and Hospice Medical Director agree that they meet the certification criteria for admission and would benefit from Hospice care.
When an individual and family are faced with a life limiting illness of unknown origin.
How does Apex Hospice work?
Service is provided wherever the patient calls home. In order for hospice care to be started a physician must give an order. Apex Hospice will provide comfort measures to the patient by customizing an individual plan of care, that will focus on symptom management and quality of life. The hospice team will work in conjunction to have medical equipment ordered and delivered and medication management. The team will work together to meet your physical, Spiritual and emotional needs. Apex hospice is available twenty- four hours a day as needed. If the patient is living in a nursing home or assisted living, Apex will work in conjunction with the nursing staff of the facility.
We have a team of caregivers that consists of:
- Primary Care Physician
- Hospice Physician
- Registered Nurse
- Advanced Practice Nurse
- Licensed Practical Nurse
- Certified Home Health Aid
- Social Worker
- Trained Volunteer
This team will review and revise the individual care plan as frequently has the patient needs require but with no less than every fifteen days. This creates a clear pathway to communicate with the entire team. Hospice services is for family members and caregivers too. Bereavement support service and counseling is provided throughout the hospice experience. At Apex we provide support for up to one year after the passing of the hospice patient. Bereavement support is provided to caregivers, parents, children, spouses and siblings.
Our Service Area
We Accept These Insurances:
United Health Care Plans
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Advantage
Coventry / Aetna
Indian Health Services