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Your Rights & Responsibilities
As a home care patient, you have the right to be informed of your rights and responsibilities before the initiation of care/service. when a patient has been judged incompetent, the patient's family or guardian may exercise these rights as described below as they relate to:
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RESPECT AND CONFIDENTIALITY
you have the right:

1. To be treated with consideration, respect, and dignity, including the provision of privacy during care.

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FINANCIAL ASPECTS OF CARE
you have the right:

1. To be informed of the extent to which payment of the hospice services may be expected from Medicare, Medicaid, or any other payer.

SELF DETERMINATION
you have the right:

1. To refuse all or part of your care/treatment to the extent permitted by law and to be informed of the expected consequences of said action.

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Gulf Coast Hospice provides a coordinated team of professionals, assisted by volunteers, that works to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of our patients and families, as well as the physical needs of our patients. Staff members are available at all times, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our care giving team includes:

 


Physician care: Our Medical Directors work with your personal physician to build a comprehensive team of medical professionals who specialize in controlling pain and other symptoms of serious illness. Working together, our team develops a plan of care that is right for each patient's individual situation and needs.


Nursing care: Our nurses are experts at managing the needs of each patient and can serve as a valuable resource in educating family members on how to assist in caring for their loved one. Our specially trained and experienced nurses develop and manage a customized plan of care for each patient.

Chaplain Care: These individuals work to help patients and families cope with spiritual questions and concerns, either directly or by coordinating services with the patient’s and family's spiritual counselors.


Bereavement Coordinators: Gulf Coast Hospice has personnel available to help patients and families deal with grief through each phase of the process including a funeral negotiator. Services extend to the family for 13 months after the death of a hospice patient.


Social Worker Advocacy: Our team of social workers coordinates community resources and helps the patient and family with non-medical concerns. The social workers provide comfort and give support to family members, plan for the future, assist with making financial arrangements and ease other emotional difficulties.


Volunteers: These team members provide companionship and emotional support and offer help in a variety of ways.


Nursing care: Our nurses are experts at managing the needs of each patient and can serve as a valuable resource in educating family members on how to assist in caring for their loved one. Our specially trained and experienced nurses develop and manage a customized plan of care for each patient.

Chaplain Care: These individuals work to help patients and families cope with spiritual questions and concerns, either directly or by coordinating services with the patient’s and family's spiritual counselors.


Bereavement Coordinators: Gulf Coast Hospice has personnel available to help patients and families deal with grief through each phase of the process including a funeral negotiator. Services extend to the family for 13 months after the death of a hospice patient.


Social Worker Advocacy: Our team of social workers coordinates community resources and helps the patient and family with non-medical concerns. The social workers provide comfort and give support to family members, plan for the future, assist with making financial arrangements and ease other emotional difficulties.