Getting Started with Star City Hospice

The Star City Hospice Process

Our Hospice Process

Hospice redefines hope, creating a more enriched and comfortable end-of-life experience for patients and their loved ones through valuable services and palliative care. Hospice care focuses on providing support during the end-of-life journey, addressing physical and emotional signs. We facilitate a smoother transition for family members when it’s time for hospice by offering sensitive grief support resources to the caregiver and home hospice. Our team of skilled professionals specializes in aiding patients with advanced illnesses, ensuring they can reside comfortably at home, free from pain, and surrounded by their loved ones. When medical treatments lose effectiveness or their burdens outweigh the benefits, we step in to assist.

Remember, anyone can initiate a hospice referral to begin palliative care, which is crucial when facing life-limiting or life-threatening diseases. To dispel apprehensions tied to hospice, it’s vital to learn more about hospice care services, research, ask your loved one what they need, and ask our staff as many questions as you need to gain clarity. Delving into the realm of hospice options is a valuable endeavor, and it’s never premature to explore these choices.

Compassionate Support: Understanding Our Hospice Services

With a collective 70 years of experience in palliative care, we are your trusted source for hospice care. Proficient in delicate patient care, we adeptly manage transitions from hospital to home, curative to palliative, and chronic to end-stage. Our quick, impactful decision-making sets us apart, prioritizing our patients and their loved ones when we’re needed most.

Central to our approach is compassionate hospice care support tailored to individual needs. Beyond patients, we extend guidance to families, providing resources and acknowledging their integral role. Our commitment is highlighted by proactive, innovative, and empathetic care, looking for signs and signals, and doing what we can to elevate life quality through hospice. Our mission is clear: to provide the most comfort and care possible to our patients and their loved ones every step of the way.

Getting Started with Hospice Care
Getting Started with Hospice Care

Ask Our Staff About:

Guiding you and your family. We’re here to address inquiries about hospice and palliative care via contact by phone or email and are happy to answer as many questions about our services as it takes for you to gain clarity and feel at ease. Hospice care, which encompasses home infusion, offers comprehensive support for patients during their end-of-life journey, ensuring comfort and quality of life.

Scheduling a meeting with us. We assist in liaising with primary care physicians and healthcare providers, helping you start the hospice evaluation process and guiding you every step of the way.

Explaining the process. We believe in empowering you with knowledge and offering resources to comprehend all aspects of hospice care. From understanding medical nuances to emotional decisions, we’re dedicated to ensuring you make informed choices aligned with your values and needs, including understanding when it’s time for hospice. In an overwhelming time, our support is a steadying hand, guiding you toward the best plan for you and your loved ones.

Early Hospice Referral Yields Benefits Such As:

Assistance with immediate physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of care, ensuring a comprehensive hospice support system.

A proactive approach that prevents crisis and needless hospitalizations, helping to enhance your loved one’s well-being and understand signs of needing additional support.

Creating bonds with our team. Our hospice team becomes a steadfast companion through every step, helping you navigate complexities and challenges while cherishing moments of togetherness and preparation.

Hospice FAQ’s

What should I ask to find the best palliative care?

  • How often can you anticipate visits from our skilled clinical staff? Their regular presence and hospice and palliative care is designed to ensure comprehensive and tailored support. These thoughtfully scheduled interactions are crucial checkpoints for evaluating your needs, adjusting care, and prioritizing comfort.
  • How will we ensure comfort and dignity as a patient nears the end? Creating a personalized care plan with our hospice team to determine your loved one’s needs regarding pain management, emotional support, and respectful communication is critical. We understand that every patient is on their own unique journey with unique needs.
  • What can you expect as the standard response time for emergencies and after-hour calls? Rest assured, our team is dedicated to swift action, reading signs and behaviors early on, and ensuring your urgent needs are met promptly during emergencies and after hours. Understanding hospice is critical to learning how the facility you are considering responds to emergencies, and if they provide around-the-clock communication.

Is there a limit to the length of time one can receive hospice care?

In accordance with Medicare guidelines, a terminal diagnosis with a prognosis of under six months is required to receive hospice care. However, patients can receive services beyond this timeline if disease progression aligns with the criteria during periodic recertifications. This approach ensures personalized care that adapts to individual needs, prioritizing comfort and comprehensive support throughout this significant phase of life’s journey.

How much does hospice cost?

Hospice is fully covered by Medicare and Medicaid Benefits, providing comprehensive financial relief. Moreover, numerous private insurance extend coverage to include copays and deductibles, easing families’ financial burden during this critical care period and providing necessary resources and palliative care. This support ensures your loved one receives the best care and offers solace to you during this emotionally challenging time.

In what settings does hospice take place/ Can I receive care at home?

At the heart of our mission is the pledge to offer hospice wherever patients call home, ensuring comfort in familiar surroundings such as residences, assisted living, nursing homes, and hospitals. We understand the profound impact of a familiar environment on well-being during this delicate time. We always aim to make your loved one as comfortable, cared for, and at home as possible. We always try to find a way to say “yes” to any request. 

Is there flexibility if I change my mind about hospice care?

Absolutely. Throughout care, patients and families retain the autonomy to opt for aggressive treatment or switch hospices. Notifying your provider initiates the process involving any necessary paperwork. Occasionally, patients improve to a point where hospice isn’t needed, and a comprehensive discharge plan is created. Should circumstances change, our team ensures a seamless return to hospice care, always respecting your evolving needs and choices.

Hospice Care: What's Included?

Comprehensive hospice care encompasses medications pertinent to the patient’s terminal diagnosis or comfort and indispensable durable medical equipment like hospital beds, oxygen concentrators, and wheelchairs, along with essential supplies such as incontinence products. Moreover, all crucial visits from the hospice interdisciplinary team are included to ensure holistic well-being. It’s important to note that room and board expenses can be privately financed or potentially covered through Medicaid or Long Term Care Insurance, providing a well-rounded and supportive framework tailored to the patient’s needs and providing much-needed financial and emotional relief to you and your loved ones. 

We Are Local

Serving Our Local Dallas Community

Nestled within the heart of Dallas, Texas, we take immense pride in nurturing and supporting our local community with an unparalleled standard of care and hospice services. Our commitment to the residents of Dallas is deeply rooted in a profound passion for ensuring their well-being and comfort during some of life’s most pivotal moments.

With unwavering dedication, we strive to offer medical hospice assistance and a compassionate presence that truly acknowledges the uniqueness of each individual. Our goal is to uplift the spirits of those we serve by creating an environment where dignity, respect, and empathy thrive. We believe that every resident in Dallas deserves nothing short of excellence in their care. That belief drives us to continuously improve, innovate, and adapt our services to address the evolving needs of the community we hold dear.

Through our extensive hospice experience, skilled professionals, and a genuine connection with our community, we stand ready to provide the quality attention and services that every resident of Dallas truly deserves. Our legacy is built on making a meaningful impact in the lives of those we serve, and we are privileged to be an integral part of this vibrant and diverse community.

The communities we serve include:
Fort Worth, Arlington, Dallas, Garland, Irving, Plano, Rockwall, Lewisville and McKinney.

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