Preparing for the end of life is something all seniors must do to ensure a dignified end and the best quality of life possible under the circumstances. Long Beach seniors need to consider the inevitable need for hospice care in their last weeks or months of life.
Fortunately, El Paso seniors have access to many high-quality, licensed hospice care providers conveniently nearby. Don’t worry because hospice care doesn’t mean being shipped off to a special facility kept away from your familiar surroundings.
Hospice care can be provided in almost any residential or medical setting. Whether it’s in your old home, senior living community or hospital, a team of professionals will do their best to make this period as physically painless and stress-free as possible.
Keep reading to learn more about hospice care, the people who provide it for you, and how to pay for it.
Your hospice care is provided by a team of professionals under the direction of your hospice care physician. Nurses will carry out the doctor’s orders and administer prescribed medications while keeping you comfortable.
Homemaker or home health aids will carry out routine housekeeping duties and run errands to relieve the stress on your loved ones while maximizing the time they have to spend with you.
Physical and speech therapists will help you overcome difficulties that can reduce your quality of life such as issues with communicating, swallowing or breathing.
Hospice volunteers will do their best in any capacity they’re able to help make this period as smooth as possible and will contribute to maintaining you and your family’s quality of life.
While your family is the first-line providers of valuable emotional support during your last days, the hospice team will also consist of social workers and clergy.
The social worker will help provide important psychological and emotional support for you and your family members. Faith-based support from clergy will give you and your family members the tranquility and peace that religious care can provide.
Make sure to take advantage of your social capital. After a long life, there will be many friends that will be happy to make your life easier as you approach the end.
There are many ways to find the right hospice care provider for your needs. Initially, your doctor will provide you with a list of hospice care providers that he’s familiar with. Searching on your own, you may find providers who will provide care more in line with your unique needs.
The California Hospice and Palliative Care Association has a comprehensive directory of hospice care services in Long Beach. Eligible veterans can search the Veteran’s Administration website for the hospice care they need.
Search Senioradvisor.com for a highly-reviewed hospice care provider that will serve your needs. You’ll find licensed hospice care services like Synergy Home Care Southbay and senior communities that include hospice care as part of the continuum of care.
Medicare Part A will cover hospice care, as will most insurance. The VA will also provide hospice care for eligible veterans. Low-income seniors can take advantage of hospice care services that charge using a sliding fee schedule to make care more affordable.
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