There may come a time when you have to deal with facing the end of your life and all the decisions that go with it. Will it be painful? Who will care for your family? How will daily life still go on? Hospice care can help answer all those questions and make sure you and your family get the proper care you deserve during this time. Hospice can be provided in your home, or you can choose to get it at an assisted living or nursing facility. Charleston has a lot of options when it comes to hospice care and if you’re looking to learn more about hospice, then keep reading.
No matter where you decide to get hospice care, there will be a team of people responsible for your daily needs. These people will be a mix of medical personnel, trained volunteers, and professionals all dedicated to making this time as easy as possible for you and your loved ones.
Your doctor will be in charge of the team and will make sure to work with the hospice director to ensure you have everything you need to be comfortable during this time. If there are changes that need to be made, your doctor will handle that.
There will also be nurses and in-home health aides that you’ll interact with daily. They will be in charge of managing your pain and noticing any significant differences in your condition. They can also make suggestions as to what could help ease pain and keep you comfortable.
A homemaker is someone who takes care of things like meal prep, cleaning, and laundry. They can be helpful towards the end when your family wants to be with you as much as possible.
It’s vital that you take care of your mental health during this time as well as find support for your family members. A social worker, clergy member, or counselor can help explain this whole process and listen to any problems that may arise.
The provider you choose might have trained hospice volunteers that can do everything from respite care to running errands.
Some people want the people closest to them to be on their care team as well. Close friends and neighbors can provide support by running to the grocery store when you need a loaf of bread or sitting with you when you need some company.
When it’s time to use hospice care, there are a few places you can look to find providers. Your doctor is a good resource but if they don’t have any suggestions you can look at the South Carolina Home Care & Hospice Organization. They have an online directory of all providers in each county. Veterans can find hospice providers through the VA health system.
SeniorAdvisor.com is another resource you can use to search for both in-home and inpatient facilities that have hospice services. Places like Savannah Place, Ashley River Plantation, and Brookdale Charleston are all assisted living facilities that have hospice care as part of their care system for seniors.
There is a good chance that the cost of hospice care for you won’t entirely be out of pocket. Many private insurance companies will cover hospice care and Medicare Part A also takes care of those costs. Again, eligible veterans can find coverage for hospice care through their VA benefits as long as they choose an approved provider. Even seniors that have a low-income might be able to find help for hospice care by asking the provider if they can operate on a sliding-scale payment. That way, no matter what your budget is, you can get the care you need.
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