If your loved one is suffering from a terminal disease or end-stage illness, consider using a hospice service available in Mesa. This end-of-life specialized care is coordinated with other professionals in your care team including doctors, nurses, specialists, home health aides, social workers, counselors, clergy, and volunteers. The main focus of hospice service is to provide the patient with a better quality of life in the last six to twelve months through pain and symptom management, so the patient can spend their remaining time with family in peace.
Hospice care manages conditions like cancer, stroke, kidney disease, liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, end stage dementia, multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Lou Gehrig’s disease, and the complications from AIDS. Family members can receive counseling and bereavement support from the hospice staff and caregivers are given respite during the difficult time.
Depending on the treatment the physician has authorized, you may be able to continue specific therapies during hospice. This can include radiation therapy or physical therapy.
End-of-life care is regulated in the State of Arizona and a hospice provider must be licensed to provide service. According to the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP), Arizona hospice providers are not required to carry a Certificate of Need. Ask any prospective hospice care agencies for their licensure and certification documents to ensure they are meeting the requirements.
You can also use the online directory found on CHAP’s website to locate accredited providers in the Mesa area, such as Advance Home Health Care, American Home Health Services, Arizona Visiting Nurses, Beech Home Care and Medical, Hospice at Home of Arizona, and Valley Hospice of Arizona.
Since hospice uses specialized care from various disciplines, the cost for end-of-life care cannot be rationalized to a single number. Most insurance will cover hospice services for terminally ill patients with a prognosis of months. TRICARE, the military insurance benefit, covers hospice care and long-term care.
Arizona Medicaid covers hospice care with the Arizona Long-Term Care (ALTCS) Program. This program can be combined with Medicare Part A for eligible residents to cover the entire cost of hospice services, as Medicare will not cover room and board if you choose to use an assisted living community or skilled nursing home.
You can find a list of hospice agencies on senior care directories, search engines, and the Better Business Bureau (BBB). A few of the agencies in Mesa include Americare Hospice and Palliative Care, Hospice Family Care Foundation, Reflections Hospice, East Mesa Palliative Care Unit, and Allegiant Hospice.
Assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities offer hospice services in some locations. If you are interviewing a facility for future care, confirm that hospice is a service provided to residents if needed. Some of the facilities with hospice service include Brookdale Springs Mesa, Fellowship Square Brown and Center, Bella Vista, Brookdale Baywood, The Citadel, Brookdale Broadway Mesa, and Brookdale East Arbor.
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