To meet the growing needs of patients in the surrounding communities, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital has collaborated with Community Hospice of Texas to open Arlington's first dedicated inpatient hospice care program.
Community Hospice of Texas' eight-bed service, located on the first floor of Texas Health Arlington Memorial, is designed to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families dealing with a life-limiting condition such as cancer, heart disease, renal disease, lung disease, or neurological disease, including Alzheimer's. Patients may be directly admitted from the hospital, from other medical facilities or from home.
"The goal of hospice care is to enhance the comfort and quality of life of people who are terminally ill," said Tony H. Su, M.D., FCCP, medical director of the hospice unit. "We want to make sure the patients and their families receive the best care possible during their final days."
A team of nurses, physicians, social workers and chaplains works together to develop a plan of care that is centered on the patient's and family's needs. Clinicians provide patients with pain management and symptom control so they may live their last days with dignity and spend quality time with their families.
Common Questions about Hospice
When should a decision about entering a hospice program be made and who should make it?
Any time during a life-limiting illness is appropriate to discuss all of a patient's options. As with all medical issues, the patient has complete control regarding the decision for his or her care.
Can a hospice patient who shows signs of recovery be returned to regular medical treatment?
Yes. If improvement in the condition occurs, and the disease seems to be in remission, the patient can be discharged and return to aggressive therapy or go on about his or her daily life.
Does hospice provide help to the family after the patient dies?
Hospice provides continuing contact and support for family and friends for at least one year following the death of a loved one.