Further Reading

An Introduction to Hospice Care

The benefits of hospices are many, not only to the terminally ill but also to those around them. The basic function of a hospice is to provide care for people facing the end of their life and to make this time as comfortable and supportive as possible. The patient should expect top quality medical attention…

We Offer Four Levels of Care

Routine Home Care • Nurse visits • Certified nurse aide visits to assist with personal care • Physician and nurse on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week• Social worker assists with community resources, mobilizing support and counseling • The chaplain provides faith-based spiritual support • Volunteers visit or give caregiver breaks •…

Professional Care With A Personal Touch

What is hospice? Hospice is a concept of caring, rather than a specific lo- cation. In medieval times, hospice meant a refuge where weary travelers could find rest and comfort. As we know it today, hospice is where those with a life-threatening illness can spend their final days in peace, dignity, and comfort, surrounded by…

Why Are People Retiring In College Towns?

Article Provided By Altus Hospice  When people think about retirement, most imagine a spot on the beach or tucked away on a scenic mountainside. This may even be the vision you have for your own post-working years. Yet more people than ever are choosing to retire in small to mid-sized college towns. Why? Accessible Healthcare…

What It Means When Your Doctor Recommends Hospice – Altus Hospice Care

What It Means When Your Doctor Recommends Hospice – Altus Hospice Care When faced with a life-threatening illness, the word many people fear most is “hospice.” Obviously, it is not a recommendation one wants to hear, but some of people’s fears are based on myths about what hospice does and that it means giving up…

Hospice Care Team

Hospice Care Team By Kiko Martinez It takes an entire team to provide the quality care and genuine compassion that Altus Hospice is known for in Texas. From as south as Laredo to as north as Round Rock, the Altus care team, which is comprised of “a diverse group of highly trained healthcare professionals” from…

Altus Hospice Care – Daytime at Nine

Altus Hospice Care – Daytime at Nine Check out our San Antonio site featured on Daytime at Nine for National Hospice Month!   Watch the full video below:

Neurological Conditions

Neurological Conditions 1 Health Conditions a. Co-morbids associated with disease process to support diagnosis b. Pyelonephritis c. Septicemia d. Decubitus ulcers, multiple stage 3 and 4 wounds 2 Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) a. Less than or equal to 40% b. Mainly in bed c. Needs assistance with all ADLs 3 Inability to maintain hydration and…

HIV Disease

HIV Disease 1 and 2 must be present in addition to one of the symptoms being present from point 3. 1. CD4+ Count < 25 cells/mcL or persistent viral load > 100,000 copies/ml 2. Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS) scale, of ≤ 50 3. Plus one of the following: a. CNS lymphoma b. Untreated, or unresponsive…

End-Stage Renal Disease

End-Stage Renal Disease End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) is associated with impairments, activity limitations and disability with the identification of specific structural/functional impairments and any relevant activity limitations. Ultimately, in order to support a hospice plan of care, the combined effects of ESRD and any identified secondary condition(s) and/or co-morbidities should be such that most beneficiaries…