End-of-life care, or hospice care, is available in your home or in an assisted living community or nursing home. The specialized care is for seniors (or other individuals) with a prognosis of fewer than twelve months due to a terminal disease or condition. Hospice care is used for patients suffering from the complications from AIDS, cancer, stroke, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease, end stage dementia, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, kidney disease, or liver disease.
The goal of hospice care is to provide the patient with as much comfort as possible through pain and symptom management. The team works with other health care professionals treating the patient including doctors, nurses, specialists, counselors, social workers, health aides, clergy, and volunteers.
Since hospice care can begin earlier, family and friends can spend extra time with their loved one. Hospice also provides family members with respite care and bereavement counseling if needed.
Although hospice providers do not need to carry a Certificate of Need in Texas, they are required to maintain licensure and follow the strict regulations. These requirements ensure that patients receive the quality of care they deserve. The Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) offers hospice care providers with the opportunity for accreditation.
You can use the CHAP database for free to locate accredited hospice providers in Garland and the surrounding area. The site lists each facilities accreditation dates. The following is a list of accredited providers from the site: Abounding Home Health Care, Alpha Home Health Services, LINCARE, Med Cert Home Care, Peaceway Hospice, Saint Andrew Hospice, and Trinity Angels Healthcare Services.
Hospice care costs vary depending on the patient’s condition, the services that are needed for the multidisciplinary team, and the length of service required. Texas Medicaid and Medicare Part A (medical) cover hospice care if the physician submits a prior authorization and the patient has a prognosis of fewer than six months. Medicare will not cover room and board at a facility.
Private insurances will typically cover hospice care if it is stated in the policy as will the veteran insurance benefit, TRICARE. Speak to your insurance company about hospice coverage if you are unsure about the benefit. Some hospice care agencies will work with you in terms of a sliding scale fee schedule if you lack coverage.
You can search online for local hospice providers using search engines, senior care directories, or listings from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). These listings include hospice agencies in Garland the Dallas area like Cornerstone Hospice Care, Hospice Select, Angel Hands Hospice, Autumn Journey Hospice, Faith Presbyterian Hospice, VITAS Healthcare, and Novus Health Services.
Assisted living facilities and nursing homes also offer hospice services in many locations such as Grand Brook, Brookdale Club Hill, Elmcroft of Garland, Rittenhouse Village at Spring Creek, Springfield Senior Living, TLC for Seniors, Brookdale Lake Highlands, and Christian Care Senior Living.
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