Frontier Hospice is here for you. We provide expert medical care, symptom management, as well as emotional and spiritual support for you and your loved ones during life-limiting illness or injury. We provide the care you need when a full and meaningful life matters the most.
Our Commitment to You
Listen to and hear your concerns
Plan our care according to your goals and wishes
Honor your life experiences and legacy
Respect your unique beliefs and philosophy
Respond quickly to after hour and weekend needs
Expertly manage your pain and symptoms
Support your family’s needs as well as yours
Provide support to your family after your death
When is the right time to talk about hospice care?
Now is the best time to learn more about hospice care and ask questions about what to expect. Although end-of-life care may be difficult to discuss, it is best for loved ones and family members to share their wishes long before it becomes a concern. This can greatly reduce stress when the time for hospice becomes apparent. By having these discussions in advance, uncomfortable situations can be avoided. Instead, educated decisions can be made that include the advice and input of loved ones.
Anyone can inquire about hospice services. You or your loved one may call Frontier Hospice and request services. The hospice staff will then contact your physician to determine if a referral to hospice is appropriate. Another way to inquire about hospice is to talk with your physician, and he or she can make a referral to hospice. If you currently reside in a senior living community, speak with your facility care team or attending physician to see if a hospice referral is appropriate for your health situation.
When Does Hospice Begin?
Hospice can begin as soon as a ‘referral’ is made by your doctor and/or medical provider. Our hospice staff will then contact you and your family to set up an initial meeting to review the services we offer and sign the necessary consent forms for care to begin. Usually, your hospice team is ready to begin within a day or two of a referral. However, if your primary care provider determines that hospice services are urgent, the registered nurse will make a visit within hours of the physician’s call.
What is the benefit of an early hospice referral?
Experts agree that patients need at least 60-90 days to maximize the hospice benefit of symptom management and caregiver/family support.
Greater patient satisfaction, feeling more “in charge” of life and plan of care
Better pain and symptom control
Reduced patient and family anxiety
Reduced emergency room visits and re-hospitalizations
Improved opportunity for patients to spend time the way they choose
Increased caregiver confidence in providing end-of-life care and support