Hospice is a philosophy of care with a holistic approach that encompasses mind, body and spirit. Masonicare’s Hospice Program supports the needs of people with life-limiting conditions and the family members who care for them.
The time to choose hospice is when the goal of treatment shifts from curing illness to providing comfort. Our program addresses physical comfort, such as pain control and symptom management, while also supporting the emotional and spiritual well-being of both the patient and his or her family. Hospice isn’t just for a person’s last few days or weeks—in fact, many patients receive hospice care for months.
The Masonicare Hospice team works collaboratively with each patient’s community physician to customize a plan of care tailored to the individual. Our team members include a medical director, hospice specialty nurses, social workers, spiritual care counselors, hospice aides and trained volunteers.
Is Hospice Care the Right Choice?
A common misconception is that hospice is only for patients with cancer. In addition to cancer, Masonicare provides hospice care for patients with many types of life-limiting illnesses, such as:
- Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
- Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and other heart diseases
- Renal failure
- Severe heart attack or stroke
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other respiratory illnesses
- Blood and nutritional disorders
“We so appreciated your support, care, kindness and friendship during our journey. Visits by all of you brightened Mom’s days and our family knew there were very special people looking over her. You truly were her angels.”
- Rita, daughter of a Masonicare Hospice Patient
Our Focus is Quality-of-Life
Masonicare provides complimentary services to patients, such as expressive arts and music, massage, reiki and our “Comfort Creatures” pet program. Our team is also dedicated to meeting the unique needs of veterans at end-of-life through our Vet-to-Vet volunteer program and our “We Honor Veterans” program.
Masonicare’s hospice services are covered through Medicare, Medicaid, and many private insurances.
These services include:
- Skilled clinical care
- Medical equipment and supplies
- Prescriptions related to the life-limiting illness
Hospice services can be provided in a patient or family member’s home, nursing home, or assisted living facility. If symptoms require 24-hour skilled care, inpatient hospice can be provided in community hospitals or Masonicare’s Senior Care Hospital in Wallingford.
Palliative Care Advantages
Quality of Life
Masonicare provides Palliative Care as an option for people with serious health conditions who are still receiving curative treatment. Our palliative team focuses on relieving the symptoms and stress of progressive illness so that patients and family members can enjoy a higher quality of life.
Those experiencing frequent ER visits and hospitalizations due to frailty, pain and complications of their illness can benefit from Palliative Care. Palliative care is covered by a variety of insurances and can be provided in the patient’s or family member’s home or assisted living facility.
A Continuum of Care
Unlike many agencies, Masonicare is licensed to provide both palliative and hospice services. If a palliative care patient chooses to elect hospice in the future, it ensures a smooth transition with no need to find another agency. However, palliative care does not have to be a bridge to hospice.