Ombudsman Advocacy When Hospice Services are Needed
Hospice care is based on the philosophy that, at the end of your life, you deserve to have relief from pain and distress from other physical symptoms. Your medical, social, physical, emotional and spiritual needs are met through the use of an interdisciplinary hospice team. The team consists of your doctor, the hospice medical director, nurses, home health aides, a social worker, chaplain and volunteers.
You can receive hospice care in your home, a nursing facility, an assisted living setting or a residential care facility.
You can usually receive hospice care for up to six months, but care may be extended longer, if certain guidelines are met.
If you have trouble accessing hospice care or are having problems with your hospice services, you can contact the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program at 1-800-499-0229 for assistance.
"All long-term care consumers have the right to be treated with dignity and respect."