Individuals and families seeking hospice care are faced with difficult choices. Memorial Hermann Hospice provides exceptional patient care, caregiver support, education, evidence-based symptom management and spiritual and emotional support to help you and your loved one prepare for end-of-life.

Not only do we walk with the patient through every step of their journey, we celebrate each life. We are dedicated to helping families cope with the loss and capture meaningful moments in their home or in a home-like atmosphere.

The goal of Memorial Hermann Hospice is to relieve suffering and improve the quality and dignity of life for people with advanced illness or those nearing the end of life. Our team of specialists, made up of nurses, social workers and chaplains, work together in constant communication with our patients to accommodate their needs while in our care. Our interdisciplinary team is genuine in our concern for hospice patients and their families and make every effort to ensure a peaceful transition.

When navigating the stages of death, many people have one or more of the following concerns:

  • Feeling pain and other debilitating symptoms
  • Being a burden
  • Bankrupting loved ones
  • Worrying about how loved ones will deal with death and how they will fare in the future
  • Dealing with loneliness, depression, grief, sadness or despair
  • Being supported by machines
  • Feeling that you are not ready to die
  • Losing control of life
  • Having a fear of dying or what lies beyond death

The hospice team is comprised of experienced clinicians who assist you and your loved ones to reduce or eliminate these concerns. Our focus is to alleviate physical, emotional and spiritual suffering so that you and your loved ones can focus on greater concerns.

The Hospice Team

Our entire team works closely together, constantly communicating about our patients to provide the best care and bring them the most comfort.

  • Physician-directed services by the hospice medical director are offered in conjunction with the patient's primary physician. The hospice medical director will make home visits as needed.
  • Nurses: We have highly skilled Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) working with each patient in pain and symptom control, as well as coordinating care. Nurses are available day and night to ensure the patient is comfortable.
  • Social Workers: Our social workers provide counseling and support services, helping patients and their loved ones prepare for end-of-life decisions. They have a lot of resources for families during the bereavement period whether for funeral planning, advanced directives, power of attorney, counseling, help with paperwork and more.
  • Chaplains: Our chaplains provide non-denominational spiritual guidance for the patient and their family. If you are home, the chaplain will visit based on the need of the patient or family. The chaplain also serves as the bereavement coordinator during the 13 month follow up program.
  • Home Health Aides: Our Home Health Aides provide personal and homemaking services of daily living. These activities include bathing, dressing, eating and feeding. These are typically hour long sessions based on the patient’s needs.
  • Dietitians: Our dieticians provide dietary consultations as needed.
  • Volunteers: Memorial Hermann Hospice has amazing volunteers in the home setting. These volunteers have typically been touched by the hospice experience and want to give back. Whether it’s baking cookies, reading to the patients, watching TV with the patients or just being there visiting, our volunteers are there to provide company or run errands.

What Hospice Services Are Available?

Pain and Symptom Management

Our goal for our patients is that they not suffer and that we keep them comfortable.

Family Support

With the many players on our team and their resources, we support the family in this journey. The social workers and chaplains have resources for counseling, having tough conversations with children and general next steps for the families.

Spiritual Support

The chaplains work directly with the patient and also work hand in hand with the family or patient’s current spiritual guide from their church or community.

Bereavement Support

The Memorial Hermann Hospice bereavement program is when the bereavement coordinator checks in with the families who have lost a loved one arranging phone calls or in person meetings as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

At any time during a terminal illness, all options for care should be considered, including hospice. By law, the decision for hospice is the patient's decision. When the decision is made to stop aggressive medical treatment to beat the disease, hospice is appropriate.

The hospice team is available to discuss your options with you and help you develop an individualized plan to meet your needs. Should you choose hospice, a physician (our medical director can assist if you wish) must certify you for hospice. Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans cover all the costs of hospice care.

In addition to providing a dedicated team and skilled medical care, we provide the following:

  • Medical equipment
  • Medical supplies
  • Medication related to the terminal illness
  • Respite care
  • Continuous care during times of crisis
  • Acute inpatient care for symptom management

Yes. Patients may continue hospice care for as long as they meet hospice criteria. No patient that is appropriate for hospice will be dismissed at six months. In fact research has shown that in some medical conditions, hospice care increases the life span. Occasionally, a patient may remain on hospice for one to two years.

Our primary concern is to keep our patients as symptom-free and pain-free as possible. This is accomplished with a variety of different medications. Heavy sedation is usually not required. If, however, one's pain is extremely severe, heavier medication may be used if the patient or family wishes. The goal of hospice is to meet your needs, your way.

Although Memorial Hermann Hospice has a medical director who guides each patient's care, your own personal physician may continue to serve as your attending physician.

You will receive visits from the hospice nurse regularly; however 24-hour care is the responsibility of the family or personal care facility. A registered nurse is on call 24 hours a day for symptom control, questions and concerns. A nurse will come to your home any time during the day or night for crisis care.

We will happily discharge you to your family physician. If a patient shows signs of recovery or if the condition seems to be in remission, patients together with their physicians can choose to be discharged from hospice and return to aggressive medical treatment. If the patient should later need hospice care, Medicare and most insurance plans allow coverage for this purpose.

Related Hospice and Caregiving Links

American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (ABHPM) promotes excellence in the care of all patients with advanced, progressive illness through the development of standards for training and practice in palliative medicine.

American Hospice Foundation mission is to improve access to quality hospice care through public education, professional training and advocacy on behalf of consumers.

Hospice Foundation of America exists to help those who cope personally or professionally with terminal illness, death and the process of grief and bereavement.

The EPEC Project mission is to educate all healthcare professionals on the essential clinical competencies in palliative care.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization mission is to lead and mobilize social change for improved care at the end of life.

Aging with Dignity provides practical information, advice and legal tools you need to ensure your wishes and those of your loved ones will be respected.

Hospice Net provides information and support to patients and families facing life-threatening illnesses.

Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) is a professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence and recognizing diversity in death education, care of the dying, grief counseling and research in thanatology.

Family CareGiver Alliance serves as a public voice for,caregivers, illuminating the daily challenges they face, offering them the assistance they so desperately need and deserve and championing their cause through education, services, research and advocacy.

Completing a Life is an interactive Web site that invites patients and families to learn about the practical, emotional, spiritual and medical issues faced by those dealing with advanced illness. Contains personal videotaped stories.

Dying Well offers resources for people facing life-limiting illness, their families and their professional caregivers.

Hospice Directory is an interactive directory that can help you locate a hospice near you.

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