End-of-life care is also known as hospice care throughout the nation and is widely used to provide individuals with comfort during the last year of their lives. Whether due to a terminal disease or end-stage condition, hospice care manages the pain and symptoms, so the patient can spend time with family and put their affairs in order comfortably.
These diseases and conditions include Alzheimer’s disease, end stage dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), multiple sclerosis (MS), cancer, stroke, liver or kidney disease, or AIDS complications.
The hospice team coordinates care with other care professionals treating the patient such as doctors, nurses, specialists, nutritionists, health aides, counselors, and volunteers. Any therapy that provides the patient with comfort may be approved like radiation therapy and physical therapy, depending on the condition.
The patient’s family and friends also benefit from hospice service with respite care, counseling, and bereavement support. Since hospice can begin up to twelve months from prognosis, the patient and family have more time to spend together whether at home or in an assisted living facility or nursing home.
Hospice services must be licensed to operate in the State of Texas and follow the regulations to maintain licensure. Those hospice agencies that participate with both Medicaid and Medicare have stricter guidelines that must be adhered to remain open. According to the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP), hospice care providers do not need a Certificate of Need.
CHAP has helped hospice providers with accreditation for more than 50 years and maintains a database of accredited providers in the Irving area. Using this listing, you will find providers with their accreditation dates such as C’est La Vie Inc., Comfort Hospice of Texas, Hospice Providers Inc., and Outpatient Infusion Systems.
Hospice care varies among patients making it difficult to give an exact figure as a cost. Each patient is treated as an individual case and may only use the service for a few days or several months. Depending on the patient’s condition, they may use very little services from the multidisciplinary team or use all of them. If you have private insurance, check with your policy to see if it covers hospice care. TRICARE, the insurance benefit for veterans and their families, covers hospice care.
Texas Medicaid covers hospice care for low-income residents. Medicare Part A (medical) will cover the service as long as you meet the eligibility requirements.
You can find hospice services within assisted living communities and skilled nursing homes throughout the area, including Avalon Memory Care, Brookdale Irving, Elmcroft of Irving, Estates at Grand Prairie, and Silverado Valley Ranch.
Other hospice agencies and providers can be located online from senior care directories or the Better Business Bureau for Irving and the Dallas area, like Comfort Hospice, Hospice Community Care, VITAS Healthcare, SouthernCare, Faith Presbyterian Hospice, and Community Care Hospice. Call and schedule an interview and tour before hiring an agency or provider for hospice care.
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