Cheryl Inman is the area manager for Guardian Hospice, Inc.  She has been in the medical field industry for over twenty years.
      Scott Sims will be involved in their Veteran's program at Guardian.  He has recently returned home from serving in the military.  Cheryl added they will provide a flag ceremony for the veteran's who pass away.
      Those who work in the home hospice industry have a service heart.  It is their passion to help others to have the best rest of their life in comfort on their terms.
      Hospice care is a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, with emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored according to a patient's needs and wishes.  The team consists of medical professionals and volunteers.  It is considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care at the end of life.                  Support is extended to the patient's loved ones, as well.  At the center of hospice is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free with dignity and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow the hospice team to do so.  Hospice respects a patient's wishes, always.
      Those who have a disease or illness that is expected to shorten life can benefit from hospice care.  Treatment and tries to cure the disease become more of a burden than benefit.  Focus becomes on spending the remainder of life as comfortable as possible in a setting that you choose, wherever you call home.
      One of the greatest fears is dying alone.  We fear dying in pain.  We would prefer, if possible, to spend our final phase of life at home, pain-free, and surrounded by the people and things we love.  An end-of-life care option that provides dying patients and their loved ones with comfort, compassion, and dignity does exist.  
      Hospice is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, with few out-of-pocket costs to the patient.  The Medicare hospice benefit covers costs related to the terminal illness, including the services of the hospice team, medication, medical equipment and supplies.  Medicare reimburses for different levels of hospice care recognizing sometimes patients require special attention.
      Patients must meet two qualifications for hospice.  Two physicians, the attending physician and the hospice medical director, must certify the patient is terminally ill, with a six month or less life expectancy if the disease takes its normal course.
      Cheryl noted that not every hospice care company is the same.   She asked that you do your homework in order to select the best one for you.