Heritage Hospice is available to those who:
- Have been diagnosed with an illness that cannot be cured with a life expectancy of six (6) months or less;
- In agreement with their physician, desire to receive Hospice care;
- Desire to receive compassionate, professional care in the comfort of their own home or home like setting, including nursing home; and
- Live in the counties of Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln, and Mercer
What is Special About Hospice Care?Hospice care assists patients and their families to live their lives to the fullest extent possible. This is done by relieving physical pain and other discomfort and by providing emotional support to patients and their loved ones. Hospice care enables patients to remain at home for as long as possible, surrounded by people and things they care about the most.
Who is Eligible for Hospice Care?Patients who are living with an advanced life-limiting illness with a prognosis of 6 months or less are eligible for care. Hospice services are designed to assist patients living with a variety of illnesses and conditions including but not limited too, cancer, heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, Alzheimer's, and dementia.
Where is Hospice Care Provided?Hospice is not a place. It is a philosophy of care that can be provided wherever a patient/family call home. This may include their private residence, nursing facility, assisted living facility or hospice inpatient facility.
When Is It Time To Begin Conversation with Patients and Families About Hospice?At any time. The sooner discussions can occur the better. Advance care planning is beneficial when the patient can be a part of the discussions and share their wishes with loved ones and their health care provider.
ReferralsAnyone can make a referral. A hospice admissions staff member will be scheduled to visit with the patient and family to discuss available services. Please call or e-mail Sandy Lane with any additional questions. Call (859) 236-2425 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org