Glendale’s end-of-life care, also known as hospice care, is available to seniors (and other individuals) with a prognosis of less than six to twelve months due to an end stage illness. This prognosis could be due to cancer, stroke, kidney disease, liver disease, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease, latter stage of dementia, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and more.
The patient is provided with a comfortable setting, whether at home, in an assisted living community, or skilled nursing home. The hospice care team’s main focus is to provide a better quality of life, so the patient can spend more time with their loved ones. This includes coordinating specialized care with doctors, nurses, specialists, nutritionists, counselors, aides, social workers, clergy, and volunteers. Even the patient’s family and caregivers are eligible for counseling services and bereavement support.
Hospice providers are required to maintain licensing requirements to ensure that patients receive quality care in the State of Arizona. According to the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP), a Certificate of Need is not required to operate a hospice service in Arizona. While interviewing hospice agencies or facilities, confirm that all regulations are being met and that the facility’s licensure is current.
For over 50 years, CHAP has partnered with hospice agencies to provide health care accreditation, so facilities can provide quality care that residents can trust. The CHAP website lists accredited hospice providers in Glendale and throughout Arizona. The current list includes BAYADA Home Health Care and New Beginning Hospice and Palliative Care.
Paying for hospice care is easier now since more private insurance companies recognize the need for specialized care due to a terminal illness or disease. Hospice care uses services from various professionals in the last months of a patient’s life and this financial figure differs from patient-to-patient. You should verify with your private insurance that hospice care is a covered benefit.
Arizona Medicaid covers hospice care through its Arizona Long-Term Care (ALTCS) Program. A case manager coordinates your care and can provide you with a list of additional services you may qualify for like dental services and home delivered meals. Medicare Part A covers hospice care with the exception of the room and board if the patient lives in an assisted living community or nursing home. Eligible residents can combine Medicaid and Medicare for 100 percent coverage in a facility.
You can search online for local hospice agencies through a search engine, senior care directory, or the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Searching online, you can locate hospice agencies such as Thunderbird Palliative Care, Kindred at Home, Prime Care Hospice, Griswold Home Care, and West Clinical Office Hospice.
Assisted living facilities and nursing homes can also provide hospice services. The following is a list of facilities in Glendale with hospice available: Golden Age II, CM Care Partners, Five Roses Care Home I, Arrowhead Adult Care, and The Willow House by New Reflections.
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