Death is a common and natural occurrence. Even though death is inevitable, it’s still an uncomfortable topic for many families to talk about. That makes it hard to communicate about needs and services when hospice care becomes inevitable. Hospice staff can help bridge the gap and help everyone open up and find a new comfort level, regarding end of life. Doctors, nurses, social workers, and therapists help family members bridge the gap and make the most of the time they have left and keep the lines of communication about hospice care open.
Families that made the transition from assisted living or nursing care to hospice care will find that it’s a lot easier to find funding for care. Most private insurers as well as Medicare will also cover hospice care. Not all states have Medicaid programs that cover hospice care, but family members will be pleased to learn that the state of Georgia includes hospice in their state Medicaid program. TRICARE is the insurance plan for veterans and it also covers hospice care as part of the plan. Individuals who don’t have any form of insurance plan will need to self-pay. Many hospice care programs offer payment plans and sliding scale fees for low income patients. Some hospice facilities have formed connections with sponsors, so funds may be able available for individuals who can’t afford to pay.
Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (GHPCO) has been a resource for organizational providers and the families they serve for over 30 years. They work to promote palliative and hospice services so that all residents of Georgia have access to ro manage pain and other symptoms of symptoms of severe illnesses. Georgia residents can use the GHPCO search engine to find a database of palliative and hospice providers by searching by specialty, provider, or region.
Family members who have had good experiences with hospice care are eager to share their experiences with other families who are going through a similar journey. SeniorAdvisor.com gives them the opportunity to do that by rating and reviewing senior care providers. SeniorAdvisor.com lists 80 in-home senior providers in the Atlanta area. Two of the Atlanta in-home service providers received the 2016 Best of Senior Care awards as rated by consumers.
Here is more information about the winners:
Prosper Home Care 3088 Mercer University Dr #100 Atlanta, GA 30341 Phone: (678) 310-6305
Prosper Home Care offers non-medical care to people who are terminal and who have forgone life-saving care in favor of living out their last days with comfort and dignity. In-home services include companionship, housekeeping, emergency response monitoring, meals, medication management, transportation and skilled nursing care.
Home Care Assistance 4890 Roswell Rd. Atlanta, GA 30342 Phone: (866) 344-7150
Home Care Assistance provides live-in care, as well as hourly care. Services include cooking, housekeeping, laundry, shopping, errands, companionship, personal care, transportation, transfer assistance, and medication management. Home Care Assistance employs Geriatric Managers who are experts in eldercare. Their automatic reporting system guarantees that caregivers or a substitute will arrive as expected.
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