Most people know that hospice care is for those who are nearing the end of their life, but they might not fully understand all the things that this type of attention can cover. Hospice not only helps you feel comfortable in your final months, but they also take care of your house and your family, so you don’t have to worry about those things. Hospice also can be provided wherever you are whether that’s your home or an assisted living facility. If you’re considering getting hospice care or your doctor has suggested a provider, and you would like to know more about hospice, then here are a few things that can help you out.
Hospice care is not just one nurse or one doctor taking care of you at the end of your life but a whole team of people dedicated to making sure you’re as comfortable as possible, and your family is supported and prepared for what is to come.
Your doctor will still be in charge of things and will monitor your condition along with the hospice director. Together they will decide what kind of care will be best and they will coordinate all the right people to do so.
Your nurse or in-home health aide will be a critical part of your care because you will see them each day. They are in charge of your comfort levels which might mean monitoring pain medication or finding extra care if you start to struggle with things like eating or swallowing.
A homemaker might not care for your health, but they will care for your home by running errands, cleaning, doing laundry, and preparing meals.
It’s obvious that this is going to be an emotionally charged time and to handle those emotions a social worker, counselor, or member of the clergy will come on the team to help out.
Some people also choose to have close friends and neighbors join in the hospice care. These people can organize community support, so you always have a home cooked meal on hand or a friend to talk to.
Your doctor probably has a provider that they like to work with, but if not, there are other places to look. The Arizona Hospice & Palliative Care Organization has every provider in Arizona in their online directory. Veterans should also check out their local VA health center to see what hospice provider options are available.
You can also look on SeniorAdvisor.com because they have plenty of local options that have been reviewed by customers and residents. They have in-home providers that offer hospice care and facilities like Cornerstone Healthcare, Sunrise of Gilbert, and Brookdale North Gilbert offer hospice care as part of their regular services.
You’re probably wondering about the cost of hospice care, and there is a good chance it might be covered under your insurance so check your policy. Medicare Part A is also able to cover hospice care. Veterans can use their VA benefits to get hospice care in their homes or a VA approved facility. If you’re worried that you don’t have a big enough budget to afford hospice care, you can see if any providers are willing to operate on a sliding-scale payment. Sliding-scale fees allow you to pay what you can while still getting necessary care that you need and deserve.
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