Television viewers are afforded a rare glimpse into the lives of hospice patients in the one-hour special program, “Hospice: Something More,” currently airing on RLTV (formerly Retirement Living TV) in December and January. Underwritten by the John and Wauna Harman Foundation, this program dispels many of the public’s misconceptions of hospice care.
“Whether it’s the 44-year-old mom with Stage-IV lung cancer who goes to her son’s football practice, or the retired professor who chooses to let nature rather than his automatic defibrillator determine when he will die, the stories of real hospice patients and their families will inspire viewers to think about the options available to those with life-limiting illness and the people who love them,” said Hospice Foundation of America President and CEO Amy S. Tucci.
The program is hosted by former CNN correspondent Frank Sesno, a frequent host of HFA’s professional education programming, and features both real-life stories and discussions with hospice and bereavement professionals.
Watch a short clip here.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is hospice?
Hospice is a program of care and support for patients and families who are faced with a terminal illness. Hospice helps terminally ill people live their best lives, as comfortably as possible. The focus is on comfort, not on curing an illness.
Where is hospice?
Hospice is not a place or a location; it’s a healthcare option. The best “place” for hospice is the place that the patient calls “home.” Care can be delivered in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living and retirement communities and in hospitals.
Who provides care?
A multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, home health aides, bereavement specialists and volunteers work together to address the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of each patient and family.
How do I know when hospice is an appropriate choice?
Patients are eligible for hospice care when they have been diagnosed with a terminal illness with a typical prognosis of 6 months or less. That is a time for patients and family members to consider transitioning the primary focus from curative measures to comfort care and symptom management.
Memorial’s Home Care Services patients receive home health care such as physical, occupational and speech therapy and skilled nursing in the comfort of their own homes. Also available are visits from medical, social workers and home health aides. For more information on hospice services visit yakimahomehealthhospice.org.