Hospice care is another term for end-of-life care and includes coordination with your other care providers such as doctors, nurses, specialists, health aides, counselors, social workers, nutritionists, clergy, or volunteers. Hospice services are not used unless you are facing a prognosis of less than six to twelve months due to an end-stage condition.
These conditions can include Alzheimer’s disease or end stage dementia, liver or kidney disease, stroke or congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), multiple sclerosis (MS), Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or the devastating complications from AIDS.
Patients receive care and comfort at home, in an assisted living community, or a skilled nursing facility while they spend time with their family members and friends. You can continue many of your therapies if they bring you comfort such as physical therapy or radiation therapy. The hospice team provides the family with respite care, counseling, and grief support during this time.
All hospice service providers must be licensed and follow the requirements set forth by the State of Texas. Although a Certificate of Need is not required in the state, many hospice providers seek accreditation through CHAP, the Community Health Accreditation Partner. Providers have turned to CHAP for more than 50 years to stay current in the industry and provide quality care to patients.
CHAP also maintains a database of accredited partners in Texas. The site currently lists the accreditation dates for these hospice care providers. In Arlington, you can find All Ages Home Health Care, ARC Therapy Services, Bliss Home Health Care, C&L Esperanza Home Health, Community Care Health Agency, and Dallas Home Care.
Hospice care costs vary depending on the patient’s condition, the length of service, and the types of services required for the patient to feel comfortable. Texas Medicaid as well as Medicare Part A (medical) if the physician can prove the prognosis of months instead of years due to a terminal illness. Medicare will not cover room and board if you opt to stay in a facility instead of at home.
Most private insurances will cover hospice care if it is clearly stated in the policy. TRICARE, the insurance benefit for veterans and their spouses, also covers hospice care. If you need help paying for end-of-life care, ask the hospice provider if they offer an income-based sliding scale for fees.
There are dozens of hospice agencies and providers in the Arlington area, including Freedom Hospice, Allstar Hospice, Tender Heart Home Health, Abundant Home Health, Love and Peace Hospice Services, Amedisys Home Health of Arlington, Divine Mercy Hospice, and Rosa’s First Quality Home Care.
You can also find hospice services available to residents of some assisted living communities, memory care homes, or skilled nursing facilities. These facilities in Arlington include Bethesda Gardens Arlington, Elmcroft of Arlington, Brookdale Lake Arlington, The Waterford on Cooper, Brookdale Pecan Park, and Legend Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Euless.
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