The end of life is a tough time for everyone. Fortunately, hospice care was created to help. Jacksonville has several licensed hospice providers to choose from to ensure patients have the best possible quality of life during their final months. A popular misconception is that hospice is a specific location where you spend your final days. However, the services are actually administered in a senior living community or even your own home. Essentially, hospice care makes sure that patients and their family members get the practical and emotional support they need. Let’s look at what you need to know about hospice care.
Whether you receive hospice care at home or as part of the continuum of care in a senior living community, you and your loved ones will work with a team. You and your family receive support from team members in the following roles:
Homemaking aides handle routine chores to allow family members more time to spend together.
Clergy, social work, and counselor team members provide ongoing emotional support and let you know about what to expect during end-of-life care.
Nurses and home health aides will monitor your pain and health levels and follow your doctor’s care plan. Speech/language therapists and other specialists will help maintain your quality of life with treatments like therapy for swallowing issues.
Trained hospice volunteers supply brief respite care for loved ones, run errands, and are there to listen to what you have to say.
Your doctor will lead the hospice team along with the hospice doctor or director and create a plan for your pain management and course of care.
Your personal support network may also want to get involved. Don’t be afraid to ask your reliable and emotionally supportive neighbors and friends for aid. You may want to create a care calendar for visits, delivery of meals, grocery runs, and whatever else you may need.
Jacksonville is home to several hospice agencies, yet a specific one may be recommended by your physician. The Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association allows you to search their directory by region. Eligible veterans can get inpatient or outpatient hospice care from the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.
A full list of in-home and nursing home hospice care providers can be found at SeniorAdvisor.com. For example, ComForcare Home Care is an excellent choice for in-home end-of-life care. Hospice services are offered to residents in some local senior living facilities, such as Cypress Village and Heartland Health Care Center.
Hospice care is usually covered by private health insurance. Your Medicare Part A will pay for hospice care at home or in an inpatient facility when you go with a Medicare-certified provider. Or, you can get hospice care from the Veterans Administration when you are enrolled in the VA Health Care in Jacksonville. Some hospice services offer a sliding scale for their fees if a patient has limited resources. Do not hesitate to look for financial aid since quality care and professional support are essential to making one’s final days as comfortable as possible.
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