Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice Services

Care, comfort and emotional support for patients and their families

For more than 30 years, Henry Ford Hospice has provided trusted hospice care that promotes dignity and allows patients to live the fullest life possible. Our expert team provides patients and their families with professional and compassionate care at the end of life.

Providing Comfort Care

Hospice provides pain management, symptom control, and comfort care when patients decide to stop life-sustaining treatments or there is no likelihood of recovery from an illness. We care for the patient and family as a unit and are sensitive to their unique situation. There is a nurse on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide support.

Who pays for hospice services?

Most insurance plans offer hospice benefits. The Medicare/Medicaid Hospice Benefit pays for:

  • The care and services of hospice team members
  • Medications and medical equipment related to the hospice diagnosis
  • All levels of care:
    • Routine: The most common level of hospice care. A routine home care day is a day on which an individual who has elected to receive hospice care receives care in the place that they call home (ie: private residence, assisted living facility, nursing facility, etc.)
    • Acute inpatient/General Inpatient Care: General Inpatient Care is provided for pain control or other acute symptom management that cannot feasibly be provided in any other setting. General Inpatient Care is started when other efforts to manage symptoms have been ineffective. General Inpatient Care cannot be provided in a private residence, an assisted living facility, or a hospice residential facility. General Inpatient Care can be provided in a Medicare-certified hospital or nursing facility that has a registered nurse available 24 hours a day to provide direct patient care.
    • Respite: Inpatient Respite Care is available to provide temporary relief to the patient’s primary caregiver. Respite care can be provided in a long term care facility that has sufficient nursing personal present on all shifts to guarantee that patient’s needs are met. Respite care is provided for a maximum of 5 consecutive days.
    • Continuous: Continuous Home Care is care provided for up to 24 hours a day to manage pain and other acute medical symptoms. Continuous home care services must be predominately nursing care, supplemented with homemaker and hospice aide services and are intended to maintain the terminally ill patient at home during a pain or symptom crisis.

No patient is refused care due to lack of financial means to pay for services. Donations help fund care for those who have no insurance or are unable to pay for the full cost of services themselves. Donations also pay for extra services or to help families in need.

Ask your physician if Hospice is right for you

Your physician can help you decide if Hospice is right for you. Henry Ford Hospice encourages your family physician to continue managing your care once you are admitted to hospice. The hospice team and hospice medical director will work with your doctor to create a plan of care driven by your needs and wishes and those of your family and loved ones. A patient can sign out of hospice anytime for any reason. In addition, we transition patients from hospice care if they exhibit a marked improvement in their condition.

The hospice team will explain the process and coordinate follow up care with your physician.

Your Care Setting

Henry Ford Hospice interdisciplinary team works with the patient and family to identify end-of-life needs.

Our specialized care is brought to you wherever you call “home,” and wherever it’s most convenient for caregivers and family or friends to spend quality time together.

In consultation with your hospice team, patients and family members will decide where the best place is to receive hospice care may be.

We can provide care in:

  • Residential Hospice Home

    For patients in the Jackson area, we offer the option of a family-centered hospice home for end-of-life care. Along with amenities that offer comfort and security, this beautiful setting provides family and caregivers with special accommodations and services. Henry Ford Hospice often is able to makes arrangements to provide hospice services for patients residing in a nursing home. Henry Ford Hospice also can help coordinate a move into a nursing home if a patient is unable to stay in their current place of residence. Take a virtual tour with the video below.

     

  • A Patient’s Own Home

    This can be in private residence, independent living facility, assisted-living center or adult foster home.

  • A Family Member’s Home

    This provides a convenient care location for other family members and a location where the patient also feels comfortable.

  • A Friend's Home

    Often a friend becomes “a family member” and the patient has been receiving care and support from this friend. Having spent time together in the friend’s home, the patient is comfortable with the surroundings and the friend providing care.

  • A Skilled Care Facility

    Due to patient care needs and family situations, a higher level of care and support may be needed. Skilled care facilities provide the 24/7/365 care and support to meet both patient and family needs. The environment can be made “home-like” with minimal effort like bringing family photos to help patients feel more comfortable. There is a cost associated with this option and the hospice social worker can assist with understanding this option.

  • Chronic Care Management

    Managing chronic conditions at home can be a challenge for many patients. If not properly controlled, patients with chronic conditions such as Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) or COPD may make repeated trips to the emergency department or have several avoidable hospital readmissions.

A Lifetime of Care
Thoughtful end-of-life care that you and your loved ones can take comfort in.
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