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 and hospice care provide comfort. However with palliative care, patients are not required to discontinue treatment as well as PT/OT/ST, home health etc. Hospice care begins after treatment of the disease is stopped and when it is clear that the person is not expected to live greater than 6 months. To learn more about each care type, please click below.
Care in Your Home
Patients can remain in their own homes. Hospice care is 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 pulmonary disease for which aggressive treatment may still be pursued.
- Patients may be self or family-referred, however an order from their physician for admission onto service is required.
- Nurse Practitioner (NP) will provide consultation 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 for all patients as part of palliative the program.
- Visits on an as needed basis.
- Hours of service are Monday-Friday, 9:00am-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.