Hospice is not a place; itís a philosophy of care that enhances life as it nears its end for the patients and their families and friends. Even when medicine cannot provide a cure, it can offer comfort, care and assistance that can help maintain a better quality of life for the patient. This type of attention, called palliative care, involves the aggressive treatment of physical and emotional pain and symptoms. It focuses on enhancing a patientís comfort and improving quality of life.
Hospice is based on the belief that through sensitive, appropriate care and the support of a caring community, terminally ill patients and their families can begin to prepare to face the inevitable challenges ahead. Centuries ago, a hospice was a shelter for travelers. Over the years, it evolved into a refuge where people could find care, comfort and support during difficult times in their journey through life.
When a patient's physician certifies that hospice care is appropriate, one of Odyssey Hospice's nurses will admit the patient to our program within three hours – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The nurse and an Odyssey affiliated physician, who specialize in understanding and treating pain, will develop a plan of care to ease the patient's discomforting symptoms. Under Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance programs, Odyssey will provide medical supplies and equipment associated with the terminal illness, such as bandages, catheters, oxygen, hospital bed, wheelchair and walkers, at no cost to the patient. Odyssey will also provide medications associated with the terminal illness to help relieve symptoms at no cost to the patient.
To locate Odyssey service areas, request additional information, or admittance to Odysseyís hospice care, please visit our Locations page.