FOCUS ON QUALITY OF LIFE
How Can I Start?
When curative care is no longer an option, hospice is designed to meet the needs of the whole person: treating mind, body, and spirit while simultaneously supporting the family. While serving Jacksonville, New Bern, Kinston, Smithfield, and the surrounding areas, we work together with the patient and family for their senior care in our nursing home. We design and implement a plan of care specific to the diagnosis— focusing on quality of life with the patient’s wishes as our priority. Furthermore, hospice and senior care does not end with the patient’s death; it can continue with bereavement counseling for the family approximately one year after a loved one passes.
Patients are eligible for hospice or nursing home care when they have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness that has a prognosis of six months or less, however, many patients live beyond this period. In fact, evaluations are conducted routinely after a patient begins hospice services to determine if they are eligible to continue receiving hospice care.
Patients, families, clergy, nurses and your primary care provider can refer a patient to see if they meet the criteria for hospice enrollment. Hospice is a covered benefit under your insurance plan. Medicare, Medicaid, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and private insurance typically pay for hospice and senior care.
“As a healthcare worker, the topic of hospice care is not an easy discussion to have with patients and their loved ones. Our goal is to help our patients and their families make an informed decision while balancing their emotional needs. Cardinal Hospice has helped in tremendous ways to bridge this leap from traditional skilled nursing facility care to in-house hospice care. The team at Cardinal is there to assist in any way needed by the residents, family members and our facility. They help to expedite the referral process, while reducing the administrative burden— often assisting to admit patients into hospice within a couple of hours of submitting referral. A Cardinal admissions nurse comes to meet family and answer any questions they may have and ease any worries. Once a patient is admitted under hospice care, the nurses, certified nursing assistants, hospice social worker and chaplain all keep facility staff informed on any changes they are seeing, or information received to help ensure continuity of care. It has been a pleasure working with Cardinal Hospice and on behalf of Willow Creek Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center, we cannot thank the Cardinal team enough for providing their services and expertise for those patients needing that little extra tender loving care at this phase in their life—Thank you for all you do!”
“Cardinal Hospice Care provided great peace of mind and comfort to me. I am so grateful for the care and love you showed Mom.”
“Losing a family member is never easy. Words cannot express our gratitude for all that Cardinal Hospice Care has done.”
"The team at Cardinal Care Hospice was so thoughtful, considerate, willing to help, and just be there for me during the loss of my beautiful mother. They took the time to meet with me and answer all of my questions, even when I called late in the evening. Even though it wasn’t in God’s plan for us to have more time to get to know one another, I can never thank them enough for all they did!"
"As a nurse, all too often I have been the one holding the hand of a patient taking a final breath. Nobody should have to die unprepared and alone; it drives me daily in the pursuit of dignity, comfort, and excellence in care for every patient."
"Watching a loved one transition is VERY hard. Having Cardinal Hospice Care made it a little easier. From my heart I want to say thank you to everyone that had a part as my sister transitioned. I pray that I never have to do this again— but if I do, I ask God to give me the same people in my life."