Hospice is a unique type of care because it combines medical attention along with emotional support not just for the patient but their family members as well. Patients nearing the end of their life can get access to services like pain management, therapy, counseling, medical care, and anything else they need. Hospice can occur in a patient’s home or a nursing home, assisted living facility, or dementia care community. No matter where hospice happens, a team of doctors, nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, therapists, and clergy members will administer care.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice highlighted numerous studies that show hospice patients have less depression and better quality of life than their counterparts who didn’t get hospice care. These services also help terminal patients live with less pain and even possibly live longer.
You need to look for a few things when you search for hospice care in North Carolina. The state requires that all hospice agencies have a license and a certificate of need. The North Carolina Department of Health Division of Health Service Regulation handles all of this. A few agencies might also choose to use an independent group like Community Health Accreditation Partners (CHAP) for further accreditation.
After proper credentials, you should consider the quality of care the agency provides and see if they have a history of compassionate service for their clients. They should have an extensive list of services to cover your needs and be skilled at coordinating all care. Your doctor might have a few referrals, and word of mouth from friends or neighbors is always good too. Check online listings and look for helpful reviews or high rankings.
All long-term care is expensive, and the same goes for hospice. In fact, hospice can be more expensive because more services are used during this time. The national daily average for hospice rates is $190.80, and North Carolina tends to have below average costs for long-term care. For example, in-home care could be around $118 per day in Durham, and facility care could be between $90 and $260 depending on what facility you choose.
Even though hospice is expensive, you have more options for covering payments. Medicare, which usually doesn’t cover long-term care like nursing homes, will pay for most services. Part A policy holders might pay a small copay for services as well as medication. Medicaid in North Carolina also covers hospice, and if you’re a military member or dependent of one, you can use TRICARE. If you have private insurance, your company probably includes hospice, just check your policy to be sure.
For those people who still can’t find coverage for hospice, talk with a provider and see if they can work out a payment plan or operate on a sliding scale. You might also be able to get charitable care.
There are a lot of options for hospice care in Durham. Nursing homes like Pruitt Health, Durham Nursing & Rehabilitation, and Peak Resources Treyburn all offer hospice care. Alzheimer’s communities such as Brookdale Durham and Durham Ridge also provide hospice along with memory care.
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