Hospice care can help patients who are coming to the end of their life focus on their families and loved ones by providing medical and emotional care. Hospice is also a huge support to family members as they deal with their grief during this challenging time. You can choose where you would like to get your care. Whether that’s in your home or at a facility, and a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, and counselors will take care of everything for you.
Hospice has many benefits and can help patients experience a better quality of life and less pain because they are getting the best palliative care for their needs. Studies by the National Association for Health Care and Hospice have also shown that hospice patients are less depressed than their counterparts.
All hospice agencies in the state of Missouri need to register with the Department of Health & Senior Services who then provide them with a license. Make sure you only choose agencies that are licensed because they can provide the best standard of care. You can also choose facilities that are accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP), an independent review board. Their approved providers are listed online.
Beyond the appropriate licensing and credentials, you should choose an agency that has a record of quality care, compassionate caregivers, and adept skills at coordinating care schedules. Your doctor is a good resource and might have referrals. If you have other family members or friends who have gone through this, you can ask for their recommendations. If you want, you can also read reviews online to help make your choice.
Hospice can be expensive and cost more than other long-term care options. There are more services and more caregivers involved which can drive up the expenses. Your cost will depend on the care you need and where you live, but often daily averages can top $180.
Fortunately, you have plenty of options for financial assistance. Private insurance often covers hospice and even though Medicare won’t pay for nursing homes or in-home care, they will cover hospice care for Part A policyholders. You will have a small copay for medication and care. Medicaid will also pay for hospice and if you’re a veteran, you can use TRICARE to cover your costs.
If none of those options work for you, talk with the hospice agency to see if they will work with you to create a payment plan or work on a sliding scale rate. Many providers might also be willing to provide charitable care.
No matter where you want hospice care in Kansas City, there are options. Assisted living facilities like Senior Star at Wexford Place and nursing homes like Corner Brook Place offer their residents hospice care services. If you’re at an Alzheimer’s care center like Addington Place of Shoal Creek, they also have hospice services. Kansas City is also home to the SeniorAdvisor.com 2016 Best of Senior Living Award recipient Summit View Terrace.
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