Most of us have a hard time at the end of life. Thankfully, hospice services are available to help. To make sure patients have the best possible quality of life during their last months, Cleveland has numerous licensed hospice providers to pick from. Hospice is not a specific location where you live out your last days. Instead, the services are administered in your own home or a senior living facility. Basically, hospice care provides the emotional and practical support that patients and their families need. Below, we will look at what you should know about hospice services.
You and your family members will work with a team whether you receive your hospice care at home or as part of the continuum of care in a senior living facility. Team members will support you and your loved ones in the following roles:
Brief respite care for family members will be provided by trained hospice volunteers who are there to listen to you talk and to run errands as well.
Families will be able to spend more time together as homemaking aides handle routine chores. A plan for your course of care and pain management will be created by your doctor, who will lead the hospice team in coordination with the hospice director or doctor.
Home health aides will monitor your health and pain levels and nurses will follow your doctor’s care plan.
Social work, counselor, and clergy team members let you know about what to expect during end-of-life care and offer ongoing emotional support.
You may also want to involve your personal support network. Ask friends and neighbors who are emotionally supportive and reliable for their assistance. They may want to create a care calendar for the delivery of meals, grocery runs, visits, and anything else you may want.
There are about fifteen hospice agencies in Cleveland, but your physician may have a specific one in mind that they will recommend for you. If not, you can search the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice directory for options near Cleveland. Veterans can get hospice care through the VA at home, in a senior living community, or at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.
SeniorAdvisor.com also has a full listing of nursing home and in-home hospice care providers. For instance, Harmony Home Care is one of the top in-home end-of-life care providers. Hospice care is also available to residents in Eliza Jennings, Legacy Health Services, and other local senior living communities.
Private health insurance generally covers hospice services. And, if you go with a Medicare-certified provider, your Medicare Part A will pay for hospice care in a nursing home or in your own home. Or, if you are enrolled in the VA Health Care, you are able to get hospice care from the VA in Cleveland. If a patient has limited resources, some hospices services provide a sliding fee scale. Since professional support and quality care are important for making your final days as comfortable as possible, do not hesitate to look for financial assistance.
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