Hospice is a unique form of care that provides not only medical care but emotional care to the patient as well as their family members. You can also decide where you would like to receive hospice care whether that is in your home or another setting like a hospital, nursing home, or assisted living facility. Your care team will consist of doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, and various therapists to look after your needs and give your family the emotional support they require.
You can get a lot of benefits from hospice care including a higher quality of care and less pain due to the right palliative care. A study from the National Association of Home Care and Hospice also showed that hospice patients are less depressed and live longer than patients who don’t get hospice care.
You will need to do some research to find the best option for your needs. The state of California requires all hospice agencies to register with the Department of Public Health. This ensures they have licensing to provide services and meet a standard of care. CHAP or Community Health Accreditation Partner is an independent review board that accredits agencies all over the country. You can search their provider list for accredited hospice care.
Hospice workers should also provide the highest quality of care compassionately. You need someone who will meet your needs, support your family, and handle all care schedules. Your doctor is a good resource for referrals and if you have friends or family members who have used these services before, ask for their input. You can also read online reviews to help narrow down your choices.
All senior care is expensive, and hospice care is no exception. In fact, it tends to be higher because you require more care which means you need more caregivers. Your location and the services you use will ultimately affect your total cost, but you can expect to pay an average of $160 per day.
There is financial assistance available, though, so you have options. Medicare can help Part A policyholders cover their costs with a small copay for medication and care from you. You might have hospice care covered by your private insurer, so check your policy. If you have Medicaid, they will take care of Hospice and TRICARE will provide coverage for veterans and their dependents.
Sometimes these options don’t work for everyone and if that is the case, talk with the agency you choose. Often, they will be willing to work out a payment plan you can stick to or operate on a sliding scale rate. There are also times where you might qualify for charitable care.
Hospice care in Anaheim tends to be most available in settings like a nursing home and assisted living facilities. Anaheim Crown Plaza, The Meridian at Anaheim Hills, and Brookdale Anaheim are all assisted living facilities that offer their resident’s hospice care. If you’re at an Alzheimer’s facility like Family Choice, most likely they will also provide hospice services if needed.
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