Hospice care can be incredibly helpful for patients in the final stages of an illness who are dealing with extreme pain, shortness of breath, or other ailments that make staying at home difficult. However, hospice
Hospice care can be incredibly helpful for patients in the final stages of an illness who are dealing with extreme pain, shortness of breath, or other ailments that make staying at home difficult. However, hospice care at home requires at home nurses and significant preparation from both you and your family members. If you’re currently working with a hospice agency to set up hospice care at home, this guide will help you and your loved ones know what to expect along the way and how to best take advantage of this exceptional service.
The basics of hospice care
Hospice care is a type of end-of-life care that focuses on providing comfort and emotional support for patients who have a life expectancy of six months or less. The goal is not cure but rather symptom management and quality of life. Patients are often cared for in their homes, where they can be surrounded by the people who matter most. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that hospice care is primarily designed for those with an estimated lifespan of six months or less.
How do I get into a program?
If you are a hospice patient, or the family member of a hospice patient, and you want home hospice care, your first step should be to call your physician. They will be able to assess your situation and determine if home hospice is the best option for you. After that, they will contact one of the many hospices in your area who provide at home nurses. There are also companies that specialize in providing this type of care in patients’ homes as well.
What kind of health care coverage will I have?
If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, and you meet certain criteria, hospice care is covered. If you don’t have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you may be able to purchase coverage that includes hospice care. In addition, if your doctor prescribes it and your insurance company agrees, some private health plans will cover hospice care. Medicaid also covers hospice care in many cases.
My loved one needs around-the-clock care; can we find an in-home hospice provider?
If your loved one needs around-the-clock care and you cannot provide that care yourself, an in-home hospice provider may be able to. To find a hospice provider near you, visit the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization website or call them.