Death is never something that is easy to deal with, especially at the end of a long illness, but there are ways to help you and your loved ones cope. Hospice care provides you with the care you need to be comfortable in your final months while taking care of you and your family’s emotional well-being. Hospice can be offered in your home, so you are surrounded by the people and things you love, or it can be provided at a facility. No matter what you choose, hospice is ultimately your decision and here are some things that can help you learn more about that choice.
When you’re considering hospice care, it’s important to understand that you will be working with a team of people, not just one individual. Each of these team members will bring something to the table that will help you with the end of your life, and you can have a say in how that happens.
Your doctor will be your team leader, and they will work closely with the hospice director to make sure everyone is doing what they need for you to be comfortable. They will monitor your condition and coordinate all the different types of care you require.
You will also work with a nurse or in-home health aide depending on where you are. These will be your daily contacts, and they are in charge of managing your comfort levels. That could mean administering medication or making sure you have the right people caring for you. They will report to your doctor and assist in any needed changes.
A homemaker will come into your home to take care of things like regular chores so you and your family can spend as much time together as possible.
Social workers and counselors will also be on your team because they can use their services to explain what will happen towards the end of life and be there to support your family emotionally. If you have a pastor or priest you would like involved in this aspect of your care that is also welcome.
Trained hospice volunteers will handle daily things like running errands, provide respite care for a few hours, or even just listen to you talk.
Many people also choose to have close friends on their hospice teams. These people can be a comfort to you and also help with things like meal prep and other chores.
Your doctor might already have a hospice provider in mind, but if they don’t, Corpus Christi has plenty of options. You can look online at the Texas & New Mexico Hospice Care Organization provider directory and veterans can check for in-home providers through the VA health system in Texas.
SeniorAdvisor.com can help you narrow down your choices, and you can find in-home providers or facilities like Trinity Towers, Mirador, Brookdale Corpus Christi, and Garden Estates of Corpus Christi all have hospice care as part of their continuum of care.
Insurance is a good way to cover hospice costs, and most private insurance companies will include it in their policies. Medicare Part A is for hospice care either in your home or at an inpatient facility. Eligible veterans can look at their VA benefits and find approved providers at facilities or through an in-home care provider. Even seniors who are on a limited budget can find help paying for their hospice care. Many hospice providers can offer a sliding-scale payment option to fit your budget so you can find the proper care during this challenging time.
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