Please note that our hospice patient services are brought to you by our sister company, Heavenly Hospice of Oklahoma.
Please see www.heavenlyhospiceok.com for more information.
Heavenly Hospice is special care at home for persons with a life-threatening illness. Care can be provided in the private home or long-term care facility (nursing home, assisted living center), wherever the patient resides. Hospice supports the patient’s primary caregiver, usually a family member or friend, in the patient's care; but TrueVine hospice also cares for the family as a whole in many ways. We strive to care for you emotionally, spiritually and physically. We address patient pain and comfort while teaching patient and family about the illness, medication side affects and all the other things that going along with being ill and still wanting to live a meaningful life.
Our hospice care teams include physicians, nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers Our highest priorities are to earn your respect and to follow the path that is most important to you. Please ask us questions and we will strive to the best of our ability to answer or find the one who can answer them. Each of our team members has a meaningful purpose in your care. We will visit regularly. Together, with you, we will decide who visits and how often. The members of your team share information with each other regularly to follow your plan of care.
When is it time for hospice?
Each individual must choose whether and when hospice is right. It may be time to consider hospice when you or someone close to you:
- Has a life-limiting illness for which there is no cure.
Has reached a point where treatment doesn’t seem to be working and there are more ‘down’ days than 'up’.
- Believes that less pain has become the important factor.
- Has begun to feel that hospital and emergency room visits are too wearing and overwhelming.
- Has a family caregiver who feels that quality care has become more than they can do alone, and they need more support.
It is not too soon to start the conversation. Often when we hear the word “hospice”, we think of someone lying in a hospital bed, no longer responsive to those around. Hospice care can be longer term comfort oriented care. Hospice is a Medicare benefit many people are unaware of, and as long as a doctor is monitoring a decline of the patient with a hospice diagnosis, the person is eligible to receive this benefit. One does not have to wait until weeks or days before the end of life to take advantage of pain relieving medications, medical equipment and supplies, respite and companionship visits, support and attention from nurses, bathing aides, social workers, chaplains, volunteers. . . all in a way that benefits you and your family most. Many families tell us that they wish they had known of all the benefits of hospice sooner.
Talking about it...it's the most difficult thing to do sometimes, but whatever your diagnosis, determining the right care begins with talking about it.
Our staffhave the training and expertise to guide you and find the best level of care for you and your family. Call and share your story. When you call us, we strive to make you comfortable enough to ask the tough questions you may have been afraid to ask in the doctor’s office or hospital.
Having the conversation with our team is not about giving up, it's about getting help.
One of the most life affirming things you can do is find out how to make your family more comfortable, how to get more assistance, and to talk about how you want to live your life.
Who is eligible?
TrueVine Hospice provides services to those who:
- Have a life limiting illness, as certified by a physician.
- Understand and agree with basic concepts of hospice, including no longer wishing to seek curative paths for the illness.
- Have a primary care physician who agrees to follow or coordinate patient care or releases patient to hospice medical director’s care.
- Reside within our service regions. View Service Map Area.
How do I pay for hospice?
Medicare and some insurance plans cover hospice care including medical equipment and medications related to the diagnosis. Patients do not have to pay costs out of pocket, nor will they be billed. TrueVine Hospice provides quality care and services to patients regardless of ability to pay.
Please know that Medicare does not cover while under hospice care:
- Treatment or prescription drugs intended to cure the life limiting illness.
- Room and board.
- Care in an emergency room, inpatient facility care, or ambulance transportation, unless it’s either arranged by the hospice medical team or is unrelated to the life limiting illness.
What are the 4 levels of hospice care?
At TrueVine Hospice we realize every patient and family have unique needs. The hospice benefit provides 4 different levels of care to allow us to meet your needs:
- Routine Home Care focuses on addressing the needs identified in the patient’s plan of care.
- Inpatient Care is short-term care provided when symptoms require medical attention that cannot be managed in a residential setting.
- Respite Care offers the patient’s caregivers short-term relief from daily care responsibilities by offering placement in a skilled nursing facility.
- Continuous Care may be be provided when the patient requires intensive nursing care with a goal of keeping the patient in their home.
How does Heavenly Hospice address Continuous Care?
We address Continuous Care as short term care that is provided when symptoms cannot be managed by the regular caregivers. TrueVine Hospice addresses this need initially with a hospice RN assessment. Under some health insurance plans, between 8 and 24 hours of nursing support for crisis care can be provided each day for a limited number of days. This intensive hospice support is provided by our team of experienced and compassionate medical professionals, addressing patients and family members at bedside during a crisis in which the patient requires predominately nursing care to achieve palliation or management of acute medical problems. Here are examples of conditions that may require Continuous Care:
- Uncontrolled pain
- Uncontrolled agitation/anxiety
- Uncontrolled respiratory distress
- Uncontrolled nausea and vomiting
- Family/caregiver crisis
What is Heavenly Hospice Companion Care?
Sometimes caregivers request additional support as signs and symptoms appear to signal end of life. Companion Care is bedside vigil companionship provided by rotating ’11th hour’ volunteers trained to be a comforting presence for patients and caregivers in the last hours. This team effectively communicates patient and family needs to hospice clinical staff and/or care staff facility and can help ease fear and anxiety for all.