Hope Hospice

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Updated: 9/11/2012 3:03 pm Published: 9/10/2012 4:50 pm

Hope Hospice provides palliative care to medical patients through an interdisciplinary team that consists of a physician, RN, social worker, home health aid, and chaplain. This team can also include volunteers and specialists to meet the needs of patients.

All of Hope’s services are provided free of charge to patients and their families.

Anyone with a life-limiting illness, whom a physician has deemed terminal, is eligible for hospice. A huge misconception is the illness needs to be cancer, although many patients actually have congestive heart failure, COPD, or dementia.

Hope Hospice accepts Medicare, Medicaid, Medicaid Advantage, and all private insurances. It is a Community Care Preferred Provider and in network with practically every insurance company. The benefit includes visits made by an RN, CHHA, social worker, chaplains, and a physician visit when necessary.

As a not-for-profit, faith-based agency, Hope is able to utilize their foundation to accept patients without regard to their ability to pay. There is no triaging policy, which allows Hope to truly be available 24/7 to patients. Hope Hospice makes visits on every single call. They have a local compounding pharmacy that makes deliveries anytime day or night. Homemakers are available who can assist with light housekeeping or cooking a light meal to give the caregiver a few minutes of respite. All patients are encouraged to utilize this unique service. Hope is proud that when pediatric patients also need the benefit of hospice they can step up to the plate because there are several NICU nurses who are trained to handle these difficult situations.

Hope just celebrated six years of servicing the local communities. They have been offering pet therapy for the last quarter with their certified pet therapist, Cody. This provides another opportunity to bring joy to patients and their caregivers in a very difficult time. Specialty teams have also been developed to meet the needs of patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia as well as those with complex wounds. The Hope staff is trained to provide education to their healthcare business partners on how Hope can be part of the solution in this day of healthcare reform. Hope is proud to be on the forefront of education.

Unfortunately, hospice isn’t something that people look forward to talking about. But it is sometimes a chapter in our life. And although it is the last, it is a very important one. Everyone should be allowed to die with comfort and dignity and in their own home. Remember that you have a choice in hospice care, and you never have to give up hope.

Hope Hospice has offices throughout North Eastern Oklahoma with staff that live in the communities they serve. For more information please call 918-272-3060 or visit hopehospiceok.com.

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