Palliative care (supportive care) and home hospice is a medical support service, designed for patients with incurable diseases in advanced stages, who choose to stay at this period of their lives at home, surrounded by loved ones.
Zabar Refuah operates a dedicated system nationwide that provides the full range of palliative care in the patient’s home. The service is provided to patients of all ages, with full staff availability all year round, to provide care and support to the patient and family members. Home hospice service is provided by Zabar Medicine fully funded by the HMOs to the HMOs insured in the arrangement. Patients not included in the arrangement can receive the service privately.
Patients with dementia
People dealing with any disease
Incurable in advanced stages
What is palliative care?
Palliative care is designed to assist patients and their families in the process of dealing with an incurable disease in its advanced stages, and to enable them to stay in the most natural and comfortable place – home. The goal of palliative care is to improve as much as possible the quality and comfort of life, prevent suffering, and relieve physical pain, anxiety, and other symptoms resulting from the disease such as: fatigue, breathing problems, loss of appetite, insomnia and more.
If your loved one is dealing with an incurable disease in its advanced stages, it is important that you know that he is eligible for palliative care in your home. The service is provided within the HMOs, according to the definition of the law in Israel, so that your loved one or you are not required to pay for it. The law dictates that you and your loved one can choose if you want to receive palliative care in the home setting.
Within 24 hours from the moment of admission to the Zabar Medical service, a professional team of doctors, nurses and a social worker will be assigned to you and will make the reception visit. After a full medical examination, a personal care plan will be built for your loved one, and from that moment on – the team associated with you will accompany your loved one and you throughout the duration of the treatment. The role of the team is to provide your loved one with all the necessary medical and social care, as well as to assist you in all the emotional and bureaucratic aspects involved in caring for him.
Remember – receiving palliative care is a legal right and every patient who is in a terminal condition is entitled and should receive the treatment if he wants it.
Benefits of palliative care at home
If the patient is in the hospital, you should contact the HMO representative at the hospital and ask to come to the home hospice of Zabar Medicine. If the patient is at home, you should see your family doctor to get a referral to a home hospice. The referral will be forwarded by the doctor to the HMO’s home care unit, and through this unit you will be able to receive the referral to our service. It is important for you to know – the law in the State of Israel requires the health funds to provide palliative care that supports full availability 24/7 to every person who has a serious illness and is in the final stages of his life.
In any case of distress, we are available to you 24/7 including on weekends and holidays. The nurses will leave you their mobile phone number and another phone number of standby during the weekend. For backup, we have a call center active 24/7 all year round for any need.
for sure. The treatment we give is supportive palliative care, and it is possible and even desirable to receive it at any stage of the disease, even at the same time as receiving active treatment of the disease (radiation, chemotherapy, ..). The goal of palliative care is to reduce the physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering of the patient, resulting from the disease or treatment of the disease, through balancing pain and other symptoms. Receiving palliative care allows the patient to continue daily life in the best possible comfort of life.
The team that treats you provides you with prescriptions that are respected in the pharmacies of all the HMOs and there is no need to convert them at the family doctor. You must go with the prescriptions to the pharmacy that recognizes your HMO prescriptions, and purchase the medicines there.
We can give any medication for any symptom, including morphine use. Our team specializes in balancing symptoms such as pain, constipation, depression, difficulty sleeping, weakness and any other side effect that accompanies people who are seriously ill.
We will honor your request and that of your grandfather. In the accompaniment process, we check at each stage what the patient knows and wants to know, and according to his answer, we conduct the dialogue with him. We respect the wishes of the patient and his family in every request, and we will act accordingly.