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While the majority of hospice care is provided in private homes and long-term care facilities, there are times when hospice patients may need short-term medical care for symptom management. Once the patient is stable, they will return to their home/facility home.
The Hospice of Texarkana Inpatient Care Center is a state-of-the-art, 12-bed inpatient facility that is designed to meet the needs of patients, as well as those of visiting family members and friends.
When is it time for Hospice Care?
Our care is for those who have a life-limiting illness. Patients can be any age and have any diagnosis such as: Heart disease, lung disease, ALS, cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease or AIDS. Care should begin as early as possible to maximize the benefits of our physical and emotional care. A home visit by a staff member is a good way to receive information. Call 903-794-4263 any day of the week to arrange an informational visit.
How does someone start Hospice care?
Anyone—the patient, family member, physician, friend or a neighbor can contact us at 903-794-4263 any day of the week. The most common comment we hear is, “We wish we would have started hospice care so much sooner.”
Can pain be controlled outside the hospital?
Yes! Our nurses, pharmacists and doctors are experts in controlling pain and other symptoms. Our staff works with physicians so prescribed medications allow you to be as alert and pain free as possible.
Can I ever stop Hospice care?
Yes, at any time. You are in control.
Why would our family utilize the Inpatient Care Center?
A few examples of patient problems that require this level of care include:
- Uncontrolled pain
- Respiratory distress that is too difficult to manage at home
- Severe nausea/vomiting
- Symptoms identified by the physician as unmanageable in another setting
- Agitation requiring frequent and ongoing assessments and interventions
What Does the Inpatient Center Offer?
- Unlimited visiting hours
- Patient rooms with a private patio and restroom
- Sleeping accommodations for a guest
- Physicians and nurses who are experts in pain as well as symptom management
- Social workers and chaplains focused on you and your family’s emotional and spiritual needs
- A Chapel; Theatre/Coffee Shop; Family Living Room; Meditation Garden & Walking Paths; Children’s Playroom; Guest Shower & Laundry
- Wi-Fi Access and Vending Machines
- Visits by well-behaved pets & the comfort dog on-site
Can I keep my own doctor?
Yes! In fact, your physician oversees our plan for your care. Often, your doctor is the person who refers you or your loved one to our nonprofit agency. If you do not have a doctor, our Medical Director will be happy to serve.
If I am in home care, how often will you visit?
Your schedule is determined by your physical, emotional & spiritual needs.
Who pays for your care?
Our care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance companies.
Once in your care, am I able to return to the hospital?
Yes, once you select hospice care, your options are expanded, not limited; however, all healthcare decisions need to be managed through the hospice team.
What are some of your other Hospice Services:
- Nurse on call 24/7 to support patients/caregivers.
- Medicine delivered to your home.
- Medical equipment provided including:
hospital bed, lifts, oxygen, wheel chairs, shower stools, etc.
- Certified Nurses Assistants/Homemaker Aides assist with personal care and light housekeeping.
- Volunteers can provide a variety of services including: Running errands, visiting with patients, relieving caregivers.
- Chaplains can provide spiritual support to the patient/family.
- Pet Therapy upon request.
What makes Hospice of Texarkana unique?
- Our patients have exclusive access to our Care Center.
- As the 1st Hospice in the region, we have helped thousands of families since 1985 as the community-based, non-profit hospice.
- A Nurse Practitioner who is certified in Hospice and Palliative Care is available to make home visits.
- We are a partner of the nationwide program “We Honor Veterans” whose mission is to serve Veterans through the challenges they may be facing from illness, isolation or traumatic life experience.
- Doctorate Prepared Pharmacists review patients’ medications, guard against unsafe drug interactions, and recommend medicines that will relieve pain and suffering.
- A bereavement program that is open to anyone in the area.
- The Good Grief Club has supported children/youth since 2000.