Singing River Health System Hospice of Light is devoted to providing excellent physical care and emotional and spiritual support for terminally-ill patients and their families. We provide services to Jackson, Harrison, George, Stone, Greene and Perry counties and is the only hospital-based, Joint Commission-accredited hospice program in the region.
- Effectively treat and manage all pain and physical symptoms
- Sustain autonomy, individuality, self-worth and security of patient and family
- Support the patient and family who wish to remain at home
- Care for the whole person by addressing physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual and social concerns through an interdisciplinary team approach
- Acknowledge and offer support for individuals and their family members facing the loss and grief involved with the end of life and death of their loved one
Crystal Davis, Hospice of Light Administrator, discusses some common concerns and misconceptions about hospice care.
- Coordinated services of a multidisciplinary team of professionals and trained volunteers
- Durable medical equipment as ordered by the patient’s physician
- Medications related to the patient’s admission diagnosis
- 24-hour availability of hospice nurses for emergencies
- Bereavement services for up to 13 months
- Admission to Singing River Hospital, Ocean Springs Hospital and George Regional Hospital for respite and symptom control
Hospice of Light offers services to patients who have a terminal illness with a limited life expectancy, as diagnosed by the patient’s physician. The goal of hospice care is pain management and symptom control.
The hospice Medicare benefit provides financial coverage for those patients who are eligible. Hospice is also covered by Medicaid and many private insurance companies.
When To Consult A Doctor
It’s not always easy to know if hospice or palliative care is appropriate for your loved one. However, you may want to talk with the doctor if any of the following signs are present:
- A physician has informed the patient that he or she has a life-limiting illness.
- The patient’s general health continues to decline, in spite of the curative treatments he or she is receiving.
- The patient is in and out of the hospital frequently.
- Repeat or multiple infections are occurring, causing additional challenges to a patient’s health status.
- Increased or uncontrolled pain is impacting quality of life.
- Weakness, fatigue or shortness of breath is dramatically limiting a patient’s mobility.