If you or a loved one is nearing the end of your life, hospice care might come into consideration. Hospice care works with patients to provide the medical care they need as well as the emotional support both they and their family members need. With hospice care, you will get a team of doctors, nurses, therapists, and other support staff to take care of all your needs as well as counsel and care for your family. You can choose to get hospice care in your house or hospital, or you can go to a nursing home or assisted living facility.
Patients who choose hospice care are less depressed and experience less pain than patients without this care. A study by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice also showed that hospice patients also lived longer and had a better quality of life than patients without hospice care.
Not all hospice care is the same, and depending on your situation you might need different services. First, any hospice care agency in the state of Maryland needs to be licensed by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The Office of Health Care Quality then monitors and regulates all facilities to make sure they operate at the highest standard. You can also check for accredited providers through the Community Health Accreditation Partner program.
Your hospice care should also meet all your needs while being compassionate and coordinating all care services. This is a difficult time, and you don’t need to be worrying about anything other than spending time with your loved ones. Talk to your doctor for referrals and see if your friends or relatives have suggestions. Online reviews can also be helpful so you can see how other patients and their families liked the services.
Hospice is more expensive than other types of care due to more services provided and more people caring for you. A lot of factors go into your total cost like location and the type of services you need, but daily averages can be as much as $180.
There are programs to help cover these expenses, though, and many people can find financial help. Medicare Part A policyholders can get 100% of their care covered with a small copay for medication. Medicaid in Maryland can cover the costs for low-income seniors and TRICARE takes care of costs for veterans and their dependents. If you have private insurance, check your policy for hospice coverage.
If you can’t use any of these options, don’t lose hope. Many facilities have a few ways of helping patients. They might work out a payment plan that fits your budget or let you pay on a sliding scale rate to meet your needs. You might even qualify for charitable care and not have to pay for hospice at all.
You can find hospice care in a variety of locations in Baltimore including in your home with agencies like Jerry’s Caring Hands. Assisted living facilities such as Brookdale Towson offer hospice as do nursing homes like Holly Hill Manor and Augsburg Lutheran Home & Village. Alzheimer’s care facilities also often have hospice as is the case with Springwell Senior Living.
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