A long and successful life will inevitably come to close. Eventually, we all have to face our final weeks or months and prepare ourselves and our families for what comes next.
Hospice care is a service for seniors nearing the end of their lives. Hospice care is designed to provide you with the highest level of care possible to maintain your quality of life and relieve the strain on your loved ones.
New Orleans seniors can receive hospice care in different settings:
In a medical facility
In a senior residence community
In the family home
If you’ve been told recently that hospice care is something you need to arrange, continue reading to learn about who provides hospice care, where to find the care you need, and how you can pay for it.
Regardless of where you receive hospice care or even if it’s part of the continuum of care in your senior residence community, the hospice team will consist of the same people.
Leading the hospice care team will be your physician. He will direct the nurses and other members of the team in the tasks necessary to maintain your comfort and dignity.
Your nurse will administer medications, care for any chronic and acute conditions, monitor your vital signs and carry out the doctor’s specific instructions.
Homemaker or home health aides will help with routine tasks such as helping to groom or bathe you, preparing meals and providing eating assistance, and running errands.
A social worker will help you and your family by explaining what comes next, listening to your concerns, and advising you on how to resolve certain problems that may arise. Counselors will be on hand to provide emotional support and ensure that you and your loved ones feel supported during this stressful period.
The Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice Palliative Care Organization is a good place to start. They maintain a directory of hospice care services throughout Louisiana and can help you find a quality care provider convenient to you.
You can also visit Senioradvisor.com to find a comprehensive directory of customer-reviewed hospice care services in New Orleans, like Louisiana Hospice who provides in-home and senior residence hospice care. Eligible Louisiana veterans can get hospice care provided through the Veteran’s Administration.
You can also ask people you trust if they’ve used a hospice care service and ask if they can recommend a quality hospice care provider near you. Finally, your doctor will have a list of care providers that he’ll likely recommend a start for your research.
Fortunately for New Orleans seniors, most insurance will cover hospice care services. Medicare part A includes hospice care as a covered medical service, and eligible veterans will have the hospice care they need to provide free of cost.
Low-income seniors in New Orleans can take advantage of hospice care services that charge according to a sliding scale; there are many ways to access the hospice services you and your family needs.
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