End-of-life care is also known as hospice care throughout the country. Individuals with a terminal disease, or during the end stage of an illness, can use hospice care to manage their pain and symptoms. The service is available to patients with Alzheimer’s disease, end stage dementia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), multiple sclerosis (MS), kidney disease, liver disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, cancer, and complications from AIDS.
Hospice coordinates care with the patient’s care team, including doctors, nurses, specialists, social workers, counselors, health aides, and volunteers. The care is available at most assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities, and at the patient’s home. Family members and caregivers also receive support including counseling, respite, and grief support during this time with their loved one. End-of-life care focuses on the comfort and quality of life for the patient within the last six to twelve months of their life.
A Charlotte area hospice facility must comply with the state’s regulations, including 10A NCAC 13K found in the North Carolina Rules Governing the Licensure of Hospice, NC General Statute 10 G.S. 131E-201 and Federal Code of Regulations 42 CFR 418. The specialized care must be part of a plan established by the patient’s interdisciplinary team along with the hospice staff for the best possible care.
Not only are the patient’s physical needs met through hospice, but also their psychosocial and spiritual needs are included in the care plan. In the State of North Carolina, hospice services must be licensed and have a certificate of need, according to the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP). Hospice providers accepting both Medicare and Medicaid should follow a set of strict requirements.
The average care costs for hospice varies because the specialized care is multidisciplinary. TRICARE, the insurance for veterans and military families will cover hospice as well as some private insurance companies. Medicare Part A covers hospice care 100 percent with the exception of room and board in an assisted living facility.
The North Carolina Medicaid Program covers concurrent hospice and personal care services as of January 1, 2016, for residents living in a primary private residence with both Medicaid and Medicare eligibility.
You can find several hospice care agencies and providers in the Charlotte area, including Levine and Dickson Hospice House, Novant Health Hospice, Presbyterian Hospice and Palliative Care, Liberty Home Care II, and Carepoint.
You can also find assisted living communities and skilled nursing homes providing hospice services like Atria Merry Wood, Elmcroft of Little Avenue, Legacy Heights Senior Living Community, Regency at Pineville, The Laurels at Highland Creek, and Brookdale Carriage Club Providence.
Before you commit to a specific hospice care provider, research and compare agencies online at senior care websites and on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website. You can read ratings and reviews for each company online with most of these reviews written by clients’ families.
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