It is difficult facing the end of life. However, hospice care was created to help. During their final months, patients can experience the highest quality of life, and Memphis has plenty of licensed hospice providers to pick from. Despite many people believing that hospice is a physical location where you go to spend your last days, services are actually administered at one’s own home or in a senior living facility. Hospice care makes certain that patients and their loved ones get the emotional and practical support that they need. Below, we will examine some things you should know about hospice care.
You and your family members will work with a team whether you receive hospice care as part of the continuum of care in your senior living facility or at home. Each member of the team serves a key role in providing support for you and your loved ones:
You will get ongoing emotional support and learn about what to expect during end-of-life care from counselor, clergy, and social work team members.
Your doctor who will lead the hospice team along with the hospice director or doctor will plan your course of care along with your pain management.
Trained hospice volunteers provide brief respite care for family members, are there to listen when you need to talk, and can run errands.
To allow loved ones to spend more time together, homemaking aides can handle routine chores.
Home health aides and nurses will follow the physician’s care plan and monitor your pain and health levels. Through treatments like therapy for swallowing problems, speech/language therapists and others will help maintain quality of life.
You might also want to involve your personal support network. Ask your most emotionally supportive and reliable neighbors and friends for assistance. They may want to set up a care calendar for grocery runs, visits, delivery of meals, or whatever else you want.
There are more than a dozen hospice agencies in the Memphis metropolitan area, but your doctor may have recommendations for a specific one. You can search by location on the Tennessee Hospice Organization directory. Veterans who are eligible can get hospice care in a senior living facility, at the Memphis VA Medical Center, or at home.
SeniorAdvisor.com also offers a comprehensive list of nursing home and in-home hospice care providers. For instance, First Choice Home Care & Senior Care offers in-home end-of-life care. Some local senior living communities offer hospice services to their residents, including Signature HealthCARE of Memphis and Whitehaven Community Living Center.
Private health insurers will typically cover hospice care. When you go with Medicare-certified hospice providers, your Medicare Part A will cover hospice care in an inpatient facility or at home. And, VA Health Care enrollees in Memphis can get hospice care from the VA. In addition, seniors with limited resources may be charged on a sliding fee scale for some hospice services. Since proper professional support and quality care are the keys to making the end of life as comfortable as possible, do not hesitate to ask about financial assistance.
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