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The Star City Hospice Process

The Bayou City Hospice Process

If there comes a time when medical treatment is no longer an effective option, or the burden of treatment outweighs the benefit, Bayou City Hospice can help patients with advanced illness avoid hospital re-admissions and live comfortably, in their homes, free from pain and surrounded by loved ones. Hospice helps both patients and their families redefine hope for a richer, more comfortable experience through end-of-life and an easier transition for family members through sensitive grief support.

Anyone can make a hospice referral. This is especially important for a life-limiting or life-threatening disease that may require hospice. We are here to be a resource. Learning about our different levels of care can help alleviate any anxieties that come with hospice. When it comes to hospice care, it’s never too early to learn about all of the options available.

We are proud to offer:

Care in the home and the ability to avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital
Coordinated care plans, our interdisciplinary team coordinates and supervises all facets with each individual patient’s needs in mind

Assurance that information flows between doctor, nurse, social worker, and chaplain to provide care for both the patient and their family

Pain and symptom management to ensure comfort

Medications, medical supplies, and medical equipment related to the primary diagnosis, which allows for peace and comfort

Patient and family well-being, including spiritual and also emotional, regardless of their religious beliefs or practices

Getting Started with
Hospice Care

Combined we have more than 70 years of experience providing patient care for the most fragile patients. We understand what it means to manage care transitions: from hospital to home, from curative to palliative, from chronic to end-stage. Bayou City Hospice lengthens the continuum of care. We are able to respond quickly and make decisions that can have an immediate impact on not only our patients but also their families.

The Medicare hospice benefit is unlimited and requires no co-pays for eligible patients. Bayou City Hospice accepts all Medicare and Medicaid plans and some private insurances.

Getting Started with Hospice Care
Getting Started with Hospice Care

Our Staff is Here to:

Answer any questions over the phone or through email
Schedule one of our nurses for an in-depth informational meeting and / or evaluation
Help consult the primary care physician or other healthcare providers to begin the hospice evaluation process
Explain what to expect as the process unfolds

The Benefits of Early Hospice Referral include:

Immediate physical, emotional, and spiritual care
Prevention of crises and/or unnecessary hospitalizations
Ample time to build a strong bond with the hospice team to prepare for difficult times

Hospice FAQ’s

What questions should I ask to find the best hospice care?

  • How often will your clinical staff visit?
  • What steps will be taken to ensure comfort and dignity when a patient nears death?
  • What is the normal response time to emergencies and after-hour calls?

How long can someone be in hospice?

According to Medicare regulations, a patient must have a terminal diagnosis with a prognosis of 6 months or less if the disease runs its normal course. However, a patient can remain on service longer if the hospice team finds the patient’s disease progression continues to meet criteria during periodic recertifications.

How much does hospice cost?

Medicare and Medicaid Benefits cover 100% of hospice. Additionally, many private insurances also cover copays and deductibles.

Where does hospice occur?

We are able to provide hospice wherever a patient calls home. Hospice is provided in homes, apartments, assisted living, nursing homes, and hospitals.

Can I change my mind about hospice care?

Patients and families can pursue aggressive treatment or change hospices at any time during care. You simply need to notify your provider and the necessary paperwork can be completed.

Does hospice cover the room and board at a nursing facility?

No, room and board is paid privately or covered through Medicaid or Long Term Care Insurance.

What is included in hospice care?

Hospice includes medications related to the patient’s terminal diagnosis or comfort. It also includes durable medical equipment (hospital bed, oxygen concentrator, wheelchairs, etc.) and supplies, including incontinence supplies. Lastly, it includes all visits from the hospice interdisciplinary team.

What happens if hospice is no longer necessary?

Sometimes a patient improves to the degree where hospice is no longer appropriate. When this occurs, both the patient and also the family of the patient are notified and a detailed discharge plan is made to ensure the patient’s needs continue to be met. A patient can return to hospice if it becomes necessary.

Bayou City

We are service driven professionals, focused on providing the kind of great care our patients deserve. Our experienced team is ready to deliver individualized physical, emotional, spiritual, and practical care.

We Are Local

Local to Houston

We are excited to give back to this great community with the best hospice care in the area. We currently serve the following places:

The communities we serve include
North and Central Houston, Kingwood, Humble, Spring, The Woodlands, Conroe, Tomball, Cypress-Fairbanks, Katy, Magnolia, Crosby, Huffman, and Channelview

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