Patients, Family & Friends

What is hospice care?

Hospice care provides patients whose life expectancy is measured in months, weeks or days, rather than years, with the unique experience to celebrate life, to be comfortable and to enjoy the time they have, however limited. We allow our patients to be in control of their care and live out their lives in dignity.

 

Who looks after the patients?

The hospice works as a team. The team, provided by BHB is multidisciplinary and includes specially trained palliative and hospice care doctors, nurses, and nursing assistants, BHB physiotherapists, social workers and housekeeping are also part of the team. Friends of Hospice provides the full time cook; Complementary Therapist and Bereavemement Counselor.

How is a hospice different from a hospital?

Unlike a hospital, our role is not to try to cure people but to make the last stages of their life as comfortable and pain-free as possible. So, while we do have drugs and equipment, as well as nurses and doctors, just like a hospital, our emphasis is more on looking after the whole person emotionally and spiritually as well as physically. That often includes spending time sitting with them and listening to them; something there’s often not a lot of time for in a hospital. You’ll also find that we try to make our rooms and public spaces as comfortable as possible & perhaps more like the patients; own homes than a hospital.

 

Is the hospice like a nursing home?

Agape House is a specialist palliative care unit providing active treatment for the management of pain and other symptoms. Agape House is not a nursing home and is unable to provide long term care.

 

Does Agape House just care for patients with cancer?

Agape House cares for patients who are living with a terminal or life limiting illness. This includes patients suffering with all forms of cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease and heart disease.

 

Who pays for my hospice care?

The care that you receive at the hospice is covered by most health insurance plans.

 

How can I stay connected during my stay in the hospice?

The IT Programme introduced by Friends of Hospice provides laptops with wireless internet access and skype to all patients that request it. Please ask one of the nurses at the hospice and she will bring one for you.

*For more information, please contact Agape House at 239.2025 or Friends of Hospice at 232-0859.

Useful Links:

http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/publications.jsp?nodeid=345&expandnodeid=384

http://www.griefrecoverymethod.com/

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