When you reach the end of your life, you need care for you and your loved ones as well. Hospice offers both medical and emotional care for you and your family members during this difficult time. A team of doctors, nurses, assistants, social workers, and therapists will work together to make sure you get what you need. Hospice can happen in your home, or you can choose to be in a hospital or other medical setting like a nursing home.
Hospice does more than just provide the medical care you need, and studies by the National Association of Home Care and Hospice show that hospice patients get a better quality of care and experience less pain. This study also showed that hospice helps lower instances of depression and can even lengthen the amount of time a patient has left due to proper palliative care.
With any type of care, you want to choose the best possible provider. In Colorado, all hospice agencies need to register with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment which ensures all agencies follow regulations and provide proper care. You can also check with the Community Health Accreditation Partner program to find accredited providers from an independent review board.
After you have found agencies that are licensed and approved, you should narrow your search to providers that have a history of quality care and compassionate workers. One significant role of hospice is to coordinate all care schedules so make sure they can handle your needs. If you have more questions, you can talk to your doctor or close friends and relatives for further input. You can also read online reviews for a better picture of each provider.
Most people worry about the cost of care and hospice does tend to be more expensive than most care. This is because hospice involves more caregivers and services to make sure you have everything you need. On average, daily costs for hospice can be right around $160, but variables like where you live, and the services you need will affect this total.
Even though the cost is higher, there are more programs to help you financially. Medicare doesn’t usually cover things like nursing homes or assisted living, but they will take care of Hospice for Part A policyholders. You do pay a small copay for medication and other care, though. Private insurance companies also offer hospice coverage, and Medicaid recipients can use their benefits for care. If you’re a veteran or dependent of a veteran, you can use TRICARE for your costs.
If none of these options work, you can always talk directly with the agency and see if they’re willing to set up a payment plan, operate on a sliding scale rate, or offer charitable care.
Most of the hospice care in Aurora is available through medical facilities like nursing homes or assisted living facilities. These include places like Garden Plaza of Aurora, Brookdale Aurora, and Cherry Creek Retirement Village. The Alzheimer’s care facility, Juniper Village at Aurora, offers hospice and was the winner of SeniorAdvior.com’s 2017 Best of Senior Living Award.
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