End-of-life care is given during the final stage of a terminal disease or condition and can include: Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, liver disease, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), stroke, congestive heart failure, cancer, and AIDS.
The patient is provided with comprehensive services that are coordinated with physicians, nurses, social workers, home health aides, clergy, specialists, counselors, and volunteers. These patients are given pain and symptom management in order to enjoy time with their families. The families and caregivers also receive bereavement support, counseling, and respite care. This care is also referred to as hospice care and studies show that those patients receiving hospice will live longer than those that do not receive the end-of-life care. Hospice care can occur in the patient’s home, an assisted living facility, skilled nursing facility, or specialized disease center.
A hospice service should provide you and your family with professional, confidential, and caring care whether in your home, a hospice house, assisted living community, or nursing home. The team should coordinate services and keep you and your family informed of all decisions. The hospice provider should be licensed and certified. They can also hold an additional accreditation through CHAP, the Community Health Accreditation Partner.
If you are looking for a list of providers to interview, you can find several online with ratings and reviews to take into consideration before choosing a hospice service. Your friends and family may have recommendations for you as well as your doctor. CHAP maintains a database to help you locate accredited hospice providers in Ohio. Many of these are dual Medicare and Medicaid certified.
Hospice costs vary due to the wide range of services you may or may not need during your length of service. In 2010, the total Medicare hospice spending was $10,700 per patient on average.
When it comes to paying for hospice care, you have several options. Medicare Part A and Ohio Medicaid both fully cover hospice care. TRICARE, the insurance for veterans and military families, covers hospice 100 percent. Most private insurance companies will cover hospice as long as your policy specifically states the coverage. If you do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid, or do not have private insurance, the hospice provider may be able to refer you to a charitable organization or offer payment plan options or sliding scale fees.
There are dozens of assisted living facilities, skilled nursing homes, Alzheimer’s disease care centers, and hospice agencies in Columbus that offer the palliative care. You can hospice agencies online including Heartland Home Health, Zusman Hospice, Mount Carmel Hospice, Vitas Healthcare, and Kindred at Home. If you prefer the peaceful setting of an assisted living community or similar facility, consider finding one on a senior directory online. The following is a list of facilities that offer hospice programs:
Ask your friends and family for recommendations for a hospice program in your area.
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