Omega Health Care of Joplin
211 S Main Street, Suite 203
Joplin, MO 64801
Phillip Hill, VP Marketing
Omega Health Care's Joplin marketing office opened in 2010 as a result of a expanded demand for our services. Today Omega is one of the largest providers in Southwest Missouri.
The secret to our success: quality caring support for patients and their family, love ones and caregivers. Our experienced team of professionals deliver the care patients need with the comfort they deserve.
We believe that the hospice benefit is the most misunderstood benefit in health care today. The hospice umbrella has expanded a great deal since its inception and now encompasses a plethora of services and covers many more diagnoses than it once did. Despite all of that, sadly, the amount of patients that actually enjoy the benefit falls far short of the number who could qualify for it - and even the ones who do often start the service much later then they could have.
On a daily basis, we combat the stigma of what hospice used to be and we try to eliminate the thinking of "it's time to call in hospice" just a day or two before death. Our mission is to educate the public as well as the medical community what hospice really is and how it can help patients and their families.
In the early 2000's, the hospice benefit was used almost exclusively for cancer patients in their last days. Today, the hospice benefit is authorized for a variety of diagnoses, including Heart Failure, Pulmonary Disease, Cancer, Coma, Stroke, ALS, Alzheimer's/Dementia, HIV, Liver Disease, Renal Failure and even General Debility/Decline. The guidelines state that the patients physician and the hospice medical director must certify that the patient is terminally ill and has 6 months or less to live, should the illness run its normal course.
Hospice does not shorten life. In fact NPHCO 2010 Facts states in the report: Impact of Hospice Care on Survival Hospice and palliative care may prolong the lives of some terminally ill patients. In a 2007 study, the mean survival was 29 days longer for hospice patients than for non-hospice patients. In other words, patients who chose hospice care lived an average of one month longer than similar patients who did not choose hospice care. Longer lengths of survival were found in four of the six disease categories studied.
The mean survival period was also significantly longer for hospice patients with congestive heart failure patients where the mean survival period jumped from 321 days to 402 days.
The mean survival period was also significantly longer for hospice patients with lung cancer (39 days)
The mean survival period was also significantly longer for hospice patients with pancreatic cancer (21 days)
The mean survival period was also significantly longer for hospice patients with colon cancer (33 days)
Omega Health Care of SW Missouri is authorized to serve in the following counties: Barry, Barton, Camden, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Hickory, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Polk, Pulaski, Stone, Taney, Webster, and Wright Counties. With major cities being: Springfield, Nixa, Republic, Mt. Vernon, Branson, Bolivar, Buffalo, Lebanon, Cassville, Monett, Aurora, Carthage, Joplin, Neosho, Granby, Goodman, Lamar and Stockton.
If you would like to speak with one of our team members or if you would like us to meet with your family, please contact us at (417) 553-4377, fax us at (866) 829-8715 or email us.
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