End-of-life care, or hospice care, serves the patient and their family during a terminal illness with a better quality of life through pain and symptom management. To be eligible for hospice care, the patient must have a prognosis of six to twelve months and have an end-stage illness. The illness could be any of the following: cancer, stroke, congestive heart failure, AIDS, multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney disease, liver disease, Alzheimer’s disease, end stage dementia, Lou Gehrig’s disease, or Parkinson’s disease.
The entire hospice team works with the patient’s specialized care team includes doctors, specialists, nurses, health aides, social workers, nutritionists, counselors, and volunteers. Family members and caregivers are provided support through counseling and respite care. The primary focus is on the patient’s comfort with pain and symptom management. Although most treatments stop when hospice begins, some therapies may still continue such as radiation therapy or physical therapy, if it provides the patient with the comfort they need.
All hospice service providers are required to pass the licensure requirements and maintain the regulations to continue operating. Confirm with prospective hospice agencies that their licensing is current. The Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) reports that in the State of Arizona hospice providers do not need to present a Certificate of Need to service patients.
You can use the database on the CHAP website to locate accredited hospice providers in Chandler and the surrounding areas, such as Aegis Homecare, Aegis Hospice, Divine Home Health Care, Gemini Hospice, and LINCARE.
Hospice care costs are difficult to estimate as they differ between patients and conditions. Arizona Medicaid uses funds through the Arizona Long-Term Care (ALTCS) Program to cover hospice costs in the state for eligible residents. Medicare Part A covers hospice with the exception of room and board if you choose to live in an assisted living community or skilled nursing facility.
Private insurance may cover hospice services if it is included in the policy. Veterans and their spouses can use their TRICARE insurance benefit to cover hospice care and the VA Aid and Attendance pension to cover long-term care until end-of-life care is needed. Check with your private insurance company to ensure that hospice care is covered before you need it.
You will want to make a list of local providers to research and compare before choosing one to serve you and your family’s needs. You can use online senior care directories or the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to find listings and reviews. The following is a list of agencies in Chandler: East Valley Hospice, Dobson Home, and Creative Hospice and Palliative Care.
You can also find hospice services in assisted living communities and nursing homes in the area such as Sunrise of Chandler, Atria Chandler Villas, Brookdale Chandler Ray Road, Brookdale Chandler Regional, Brookdale North Chandler, Brookdale Central Chandler, and The Village at Ocotillo.
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