Get Hospice Care in Central Florida

Get Hospice Care in Central Florida

What is Hospice?

Hospice In-Home Care, End of Life Planning and More

The word “hospice” comes from medieval times when “hospitality” shelters provided rest for sick or weary travelers on long journeys.

Today, hospice care allows many patients to remain in their own environment surrounded by friends and family where they are comfortable and free of discomfort.  Loved ones share in the care with guidance from the Cornerstone team of professionals, ensuring a fulfilling alternative to institutional health care.  Hospice supports the natural progression of life and refrains from interventions that would hasten progression toward the end of life.

At Cornerstone Hospice, we concentrate on meeting the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of the patients in our care. Satisfying these needs brings much needed comfort and relief to our patients and enables them to focus on living each day as fully as possible.

Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care, was founded in 1984, to serve patients and families seeking quality and dignity in their lives while coping with an end-of-life illness. We serve seven Central Florida counties: Lake, Sumter, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Hardee and Highlands. Cornerstone Hospice is licensed by the State of Florida and certified by Medicare and Medicaid.

When is Hospice Appropriate?

Hospice care is appropriate for patients of all ages who have a life-limiting illness including:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
  • Cancers / Tumors / Malignancies
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Lung Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Failure of Multiple Organ Systems
  • Neurological Diseases

You or your loved one may exhibit symptoms that may indicate that it is time for hospice care, such as:

  • Uncontrolled or increasing pain
  • Increased shortness of breath
  • Increased dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing)
  • Progressive, uncontrolled swelling
  • Unresolved nausea / vomiting
  • Oxygen dependence
  • Progressive weight loss
  • Mounting kidney and urinary difficulties
  • Frequent infections
  • Numerous hospitalizations and ER visits
  • Profound weakness and fatigue
  • Worsening mobility and function

Note: You are eligible for services if your disease process is no longer curable. You do not need to be homebound for hospice care to be appropriate.

Where is Care Provided?

Our care is usually provided within the familiar setting of wherever the patient calls home.

  •   Patient’s home
  •   Nursing home
  •   Assisted living facility
  •   Hospital
  •   Independent living facility
  •   Inpatient unit or contracted bed in a skilled nursing facility
  •   Hospice house

Seven-day Patient Support

Cornerstone is committed to making a difference and therefore has adopted a seven-day case management model to better serve our patients. Teams of Registered Nurses cover every day of the week to meet the needs of patients and maintain continuity of care.

 

The earlier Hospice care is started, the more beneficial it can be to patients and their families. If you have questions concerning the appropriateness of a disease or diagnosis, please call toll free 866-742-6655 or click here to email us.