**Hospice of East Texas Philosophy**
As Hospice of East Texas, we care for people in all stages of their life. We believe in the dignity of each person and the value of each human life. Hospice exists not to postpone death but to help the patient and family to live as fully as possible. Death is not denied but accepted, and life is affirmed and lived more fully as a result.
Whether accompanied by disease or not, death is a universal fact of life and dying is a natural process. We believe that every person is entitled to participate fully in every part of life in order to prepare for death in a way that is personally satisfactory. We believe that we all depend on one another. Therefore, it is crucial particularly in the last few months of life to develop a caring community that can provide services to patients and their families.
The majority of Hospice of East Texas? patients are served in their homes, whether that be their own home, a nursing home, or an assisted living facility. HomeCare services allow patients to remain in a place of familiar comfort while receiving professional medical care from a team of skilled professionals and supportive volunteers.
The Hospice of East Texas HomeCare team includes:
* **Nurses** provide professional care, answer questions and help educate caregivers. They visit on a regular schedule and are available by phone 24 hours a day if you have questions.
* **Home health aides** assist with patients? personal care such as bathing and personal grooming.
* **Social workers** are available to provide emotional support, counseling and assist in making referrals to community resources
* **The chaplain** is available to offer spiritual support
* **Specially trained volunteers** are available to provide companionship and helps in the home and/or with errands
Your **physician** remains in charge of your care and will direct The Hospice of East Texas nurses and HomeCare team. The physicians who serve as co-medical directors of Hospice are also available to collaborate with your primary physician or to provide primary care if requested by your physician.