Many patients facing the end of life turn to hospice care for their many needs. Hospice care combines emotional and medical support to create a positive and supportive environment for the patient and their family. Patients can decide to get services in their home, or they can get hospice care in a hospital, nursing home, or assisted living facility. Services during this time could include various therapies, counseling for both the patient and their family, pain regulation, medical care, and anything else needed. A team of doctors, nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, therapists, and even clergy members will help take care of patients during this time.
Hospice care has proven to increase patient’s quality of life and even helps them be less depressed, according to studies cited by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. Hospice patients also had less pain and lived longer than non-hospice patients because they received the proper palliative care.
There are a few things to look for when you search for hospice care. The first is the agency must have a license with the state of New Jersey Department of Health. They don’t need a certification, but many still have one and might also be Medicare and Medicaid approved. Many facilities are also accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) which is an independent review board created in 1965.
Once you have found facilities that are properly licensed, you want to make sure they have a good record of compassion and care. They need to offer a variety of services to meet your needs and be skilled at coordinating care schedules because this can be a busy and stressful time. Get a referral from a trusted health care provider and recommendations from friends or family members. You can also look at reviews and ratings online to help you narrow down your decision.
Hospice costs will most likely be more expensive than other long-term care options. This is because hospice involves more people and more services. In the Newark area, in-home care options cost about $136 to $138 per day, and if you choose a facility, you could pay between $174 to $390 daily. Expect hospice costs to be even more than those averages.
While the price for services might be more expensive, the options for financial aid are more extensive as well. Medicare, which generally doesn’t pay for things like nursing homes, will cover 100% of many hospice services and medications. Part A policy holders might only need to pay a small copay for this care. Medicaid in New Jersey will also cover hospice care, and if you’re a military member or dependent of one, you can use TRICARE. Many private insurance companies also cover hospice, so check your policy.
If none of these options apply to your situation, some agencies might be willing to work with you to provide services. They could work on a sliding scale, create a payment plan, or offer charitable care.
Newark and the surrounding towns have a few options for hospice care including Newark Manor Nursing Home and United Methodist Communities at Bishop Taylor in East Orange. Alaris Health at Belgrove in Kearny, New Jersey has hospice care along with a skilled memory care unit and health center.
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