Address / Contact
Big Bend Hospice
1723 Mahan Center Blvd
Tallahassee, Florida 32308-5428
Phone: 850-878-5310 • 1-800-7725862
Location: 21 Plus Miles Away
Details: Big Bend Hospice
Hospice began as a response to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and families facing a life-limiting illness. Only one in three eligible patients and families however, experience the benefits of hospice care. The following “myths” often keep people who need help from calling Big Bend Hospice.
MYTH 1: Hospice is for patients who are bed-bound and only have a few days to live. Hospice services are available after a physician has determined that there are no more treatments that will cure an illness and life expectancy is 6 months or less. The earlier a patient and their family receive hospice care, the more opportunity there is to utilize all the many services Big Bend Hospice can offer. Hospice patients can continue to work, attend sports events or take vacations while still under the hospice plan of care.
MYTH 2: Hospice is for people who have “no hope”. When faced with a life limiting illness that has no cure, many patients and families tend to focus on the anticipated loss instead of making the most of the life remaining. Big Bend Hospice helps patients live, fully and completely, with their pain controlled and their loved ones supported. The gift of hospice is the time that can be used to complete personal and spiritual connections. Fear and frustration can be replaced with a time for reunion, remembering, laughter and hope.
MYTH 3: Hospice is a place. Hospice is a philosophy of care and not a place. Patients can receive hospice care wherever they live – usually in their own homes, but also in nursing homes, assisted living facilities or in hospitals.
MYTH 4: Hospice is only for cancer patients. Last year only 33% of Big Bend Hospice patients had cancer. Hospice serves patients of all ages with any life limiting disease including heart, lung, kidney, vascular and neurological disease as well as AIDS and Alzheimer’s.
MYTH 5: Hospice care is expensive and will take my estate to pay for services. Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most other types of insurance. Once elected, the hospice benefit covers all the medications related to the hospice illness as well as the medical equipment and supplies. This takes a huge financial burden off the shoulders of the family. There is a sliding fee scale for families without insurance but because Big Bend Hospice is supported by community donations, no one is ever turned away because they can’t pay.
MYTH 6: Hospice “dopes people up” so they become addicted or sleep all the time. When patients have a legitimate need for pain medication, they do not become addicted to it. Big Bend Hospice has the expertise to manage pain so that patients are comfortable yet alert and are able to enjoy each day to the fullest extent possible, given their medical condition.
Reviews for Big Bend Hospice
My mama, Lucy (Fluff) Hughes, was admitted to Big Bend Hospice in May 2010 after a lengthy and serious hospital stay. Fluff was reunited with Daddy on April 28, 2011 in Heaven. From the first minute she decided to accept help, her medical and emotional care was so much better. The quality of care received from the home health aides, nurses, doctors and other support staff was beyond acceptable. We really feel like these people were our family and were treated as such. Knowing what to expect from day to day and knowing that we were not alone was so much comfort to us. Fluff’s final year on this Earth was hard, but also peaceful. We had struggles but each time the staff was always there to reassure us and take care of any medical or emotional concern we had. Words can not explain the amount of gratitude that we have for Big Bend Hospice. I wish there was a better way to inform people of your services and let them know that Hospice is not a death sentence but means that your illness is terminal and how you live your final days is your decision. Too many people wait too long and suffer needlessly.”
- Cricket Edwards