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Divine Mercy Hospice
An Interfaith Hospice

2364 HY-287 N.  Suite 117  Mansfield, Texas 76063

   


How does Hospice operate?

  • Your life-limiting illness has progressed to the point that you chose comfort care rather than continuing to seek a cure.

  • You, your family member, friend, or medical provider calls Divine Mercy Hospice to request service.

  • Your personal physician writes the order for hospice care, believing that you may die within six months if your disease runs its typical course.Your physician can continue to prescribe necessary medication or, if you or your physician decides, the hospice physician can take over those responsibilities.

  • An individualized plan of care is created upon admission. This care plan is designed to meet your needs for pain management and symptom control. It will change as your needs and illness change.

  • A registered nurse is assigned to provide your regular care, including assessment and management of the symptoms of your disease. The nurse also teaches skills and addresses end-of-life issues with the family/caregiver. The nurse maintains regular communication with your primary physician and coordinates your care with the hospice team. Other nurses are available at night and on weekends for questions or concerns that arise.

  • A social worker is assigned to provide emotional support and counseling to you and your family/caregiver regarding non-medical matters related to an illness. These may include issues concerning relationships, care giving, finances, safety, insurance benefits, living wills, durable power of attorney, advance directives, and funeral arrangements. Our social workers can make a referral to other professionals and arrange for additional community resources, if needed.

  • A spiritual counselor is available to help you and your family to consider important life issues. The counselor can also help in contacting a clergyperson of your choice.

  • A hospice aide will assist family/caregivers with the your personal care, including feeding, hair-washing, bathing, moving to and from the bed, toilet assistance, changing bed linens and keeping the immediate living area tidy. They offer support and encouragement to the patient and family, and they report important changes to the nurse.

  • Trained volunteers are caring, helpful people who are available to provide companionship, read, play music, listen, run errands, prepare meals, help with household chores or yard work, and give family/caregivers a few hours a week relief by spending time with you.

  • The Medical Director oversees your hospice care and is available for consultation with your own physician and with other hospice team members.

  • A bereavement coordinator is available to the patient's family and friends following a loved one's death. Individual and group counseling, and informational mailings are offered to assist them through the grieving process.

  • Physical therapists, dietary consultants, etc., are available based on the individual patient's needs.


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