Hospice services are a combination of medical care and emotional support to help patients and their family members near the end of their life. Hospice services might include things like managing any pain, counseling for a grieving family, a variety of therapies, and any medical attention the patient requires. Patients can stay in their homes for these services, but if they live in a nursing home or assisted living facility, they can get services there as well. A care team of doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, therapists, social workers, counselors, and possibly clergy members will administer all services.
Hospice is a tremendous benefit for terminal patients, and it’s also useful for their family. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice points to studies that show hospice patients have a better quality of life and less frequency of depression than non-hospice patients. The proper palliative care can also mean that hospice patients experience less pain and live longer.
In Indiana, the State Department of Health requires all hospice agencies to complete a licensing process. While it isn’t required, some agencies also decide to get accredited through independent groups like the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP). Also, some providers have certification for Medicare and Medicaid patients.
Once you’re sure an agency has the proper licensing, you should look for a history of compassionate care that improves the quality of their client’s lives. They should offer plenty of services to meet a variety of needs and should be able to handle all scheduling and care coordination. Your friends and family members might have a few recommendations, and your doctor can refer you to a few agencies. Check out online reviews and rankings to help your search as well.
Hospice care uses more services and more people than other long-term care options, so you can expect to pay more money. In Fort Wayne, in-home care services average around $128 per day while assisted living facilities and nursing homes can average between $98 and $267 daily. The current national average for hospice costs are $190.80 and Fort Wayne expenses could be right around that price too.
There are more options available to help you pay for hospice care than other long-term care choices. Medicare won’t pay for assisted living or nursing homes, but it will fully cover most expenses. Part A policyholders might have to pay a small copay for services and medication. Indiana Medicaid also covers hospice care, and TRICARE offers hospice for military and their dependents. If you have private insurance, check your policy to see if you have hospice included.
If your situation doesn’t fit into any of these options, you might be able to work out a payment plan with a hospice provider, or they could work on a sliding scale rate. Some cases might also be eligible for charitable care.
Fort Wayne has plenty of options when it comes to hospice care. Heritage Park Assisted Living & Garden Homes, as well as Kingston at Dupont, are both assisted living facilities with hospice care. Some Alzheimer’s communities like Brookdale Fort Wayne and winner of 2017 Best of Senior Living Award, Park Place Senior Living, have hospice care too.
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