Decisions about end-of-life care can be stressful and a huge burden. Hospice care can help take away some of that stress and offer you and your family support through this challenging time. Hospice combines medical and emotional care not just for the patient but their families too. You can get care in your home or in a medical setting like a hospital or nursing home. A team of doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, and various counselors will care for you and your family.
Hospice has many benefits for patients coming to the end of their life. Studies by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice show that hospice patients enjoy a higher quality of life, less pain, and have fewer incidents of depression compared to patients who don’t use hospice. The proper palliative treatments can mean a world of difference towards the end of your life.
You might not know where to start when it comes to hospice care, but there are a few things you should research. The state of California requires all hospice agencies to be registered and licensed with the state Department of Public Health. Don’t choose any provider that doesn’t have this permit. You can also check for accredited agencies through the Community Health Accreditation Partner program. This independent review board lists providers on their website.
You also want to choose an agency that has a history of providing the best care to their patients. They need to be compassionate and able to work with other members of the care team to coordinate everything, so you don’t have to worry about anything but spending time with your loved ones. Ask your doctor for a referral or get suggestions from close friends and relatives. Online reviews might also be helpful in making your choice.
Hospice is going to be more expensive than any other type of care. With hospice, you get more services and have more people caring for your needs, so the cost goes up. Your location and the exact services you require will determine your total cost, but the daily average for hospice care is around $160.
The good news is you might not have to pay for that with your own money. If you have private insurance check your policy to see if you have hospice coverage. Medicare is also an option for Part A policyholders. Even though Medicare doesn’t cover nursing homes or hospice, they do cover all hospice costs, and you only pay a small copay for medicine and care. If you’re a low-income senior, Medicaid is your best option, and TRICARE can cover hospice for vets and their families.
There is a chance that none of these options will work for you but you can still talk with the hospice agency. Often, they will be able to set up a payment plan or work on a sliding scale rate to fit your budget. Your case might even be eligible for charitable care, and you might not have to pay at all.
Long Beach is home to some of the best facilities in the country, and hospice care is available in a variety of settings. Places like Cerna Home Care of Long Beach will take care of you at home, and Alzheimer’s centers like Brittany House also offer hospice. Bixby Knolls Towers and Chateau of Long Beach both have hospice, and both won the SeniorAdvisor.com 2017 Best of Senior Living Award.
Find assisted living in Long Beach near you.