You don’t have to face the end of your life on your own, and you don’t have to worry about your family members well-being after you’re gone. Hospice care is a way that you can care for your needs during this trying time as well as care for your loved ones. You don’t have to leave your home to get hospice care either, and Arlington has plenty of licensed providers you can choose from. If you would like to learn more about hospice care, you can find some relevant information below.
You will have a team of people who are all dedicated to making sure your final months are as comfortable as possible and that you and your family know what to expect during this time. Each team member has a job and together you will get the full benefit of hospice care.
Your doctor will be in charge of the whole team and will work with the hospice director to ensure you have all the care you need. They will coordinate every team member's schedule and make any necessary adjustments as time goes on.
Nurses or in-home health aides are another crucial part of your hospice team because they will be with you on a daily basis. They will help with needs including pain management or administering medication. They can also report back to your doctor to change your care when and if it’s necessary.
A homemaker will come in to take care of chores like laundry or tidy up so your family can spend as much of their time with you as possible.
Hospice care also makes sure to take care of the emotional side of the end of life process. Social workers and counselors can help you and your family understand what’s going on and give emotional support when needed.
Trained hospice volunteers can help with little things like running errands or big things like respite care and being a good listener when you need to talk.
It’s important to bring in some of your close friends during this time as well. They can help with things like running to the grocery store when you’re out of milk or bringing over a home-cooked meal when you can’t cook.
It’s highly possible that your doctor will recommend a provider, and you also have a few places you can look. The Texas & New Mexico Hospice Organization is a good place to start because all providers are listed online through them. Veterans can get care through the VA health system and should check there first to see what providers are approved.
You can also find hospice care through SeniorAdvisor.com. There are both in-home care organizations that offer hospice services and facilities including Elmcroft of Arlington, The Waterford on Cooper, and Bethesda Gardens Arlington all have hospice available.
You can look at your insurance policy to see if hospice is covered because most private insurance companies will and Medicare Part A takes care of in-home and inpatient hospice care. Eligible veterans can get care in their homes or at a facility, so just check to make sure the providers are approved. Even if you don’t think you have enough money, it’s important to ask providers if they will work with you. Some might have a sliding-scale fee they can offer to fit your budget, and that can help you get the care you deserve.
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