The need for hospice and palliative care in Metro Atlanta marks a change in how patients look at their lives moving forward. Our philosophy is to approach that change as a celebration of life and an opportunity to enjoy the time they have left.
Hospice and Palliative Care: Understanding the Difference
Both palliative care and hospice care provide comfort. But palliative care can begin at diagnosis, and at the same time as treatment. Hospice care begins after treatment of the disease is stopped and when it is clear that the person is not going to survive the illness. To learn more about each care type, please click below.
Care in Your Home
Patients can remain in their own homes. Hospice and palliative care are provided wherever the patient lives, whether it’s in their own private residence, nursing home or assisted living facility. If at any time the patient’s condition improves or they decide to pursue aggressive treatment, the patient can be discharged from hospice.
In the greater Atlanta area, Weinstein Hospice offers:
Danny Sklar Palliative Care Program
- Patients are accepted on a case by case basis and do not require a prognosis of 6 months or less.
- Acceptable diagnoses are cancer, heart disease and lung disease for which aggressive treatment may still be pursued.
- Patients may be self or family-referred, but physician approval of the service is required.
- Nurse Practitioner (NP) will provide consultation to the Attending Physician for optimal symptom management.
- Nurse Practitioner services are billed directly to Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans and there is no cost to the patient.
- Psychosocial support is available thru JF&CS and may be totally or partially covered by patient’s health insurance plan.
- Visits on an as needed basis.
- Hours of service are Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. The palliative care team is not an after-hours emergency resource.
- Patients are no longer pursuing curative treatment, focusing on care and comfort.
- Federal guidelines dictate a 6 month prognosis or less.
- Hospice services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans
- All diagnosis are accepted.
- Attending physician is an integral part of the interdisciplinary team and must sign Standing Orders to admit the patient to Hospice.
- Physical care is managed by Weinstein Hospice nurses and Medical Director in collaboration with the patient’s attending physician.
- Hospice nurses generally visit twice weekly, social workers visit twice monthly, and CNA support is available 2-3 times weekly – AND as needed.
- Hospice support is available to families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.