Approaching the end of your life is a daunting prospect both for you and your loved ones. Fortunately, Omaha seniors have a plethora of hospice care service options that will help them during the emotionally draining experience.
Although it is commonly assumed that hospice is a specific place where people are cared for during their final days, this isn’t the case. Hospice care providers will serve you and your family’s needs wherever you are.
Hospice care services can be brought to your home, senior community, and of course, a hospital setting. Hospice care is instrumental in providing invaluable medical and emotional support during a process that can last from weeks to months in duration.
Omaha seniors who have been told that it’s time to consider hospice care can read further to learn:
Who provides hospice care?
How to find the best hospice for your situation.
How can you pay for hospice care?
Your hospice care team will consist of several experienced professionals who will act in tandem to ensure the highest level of comfort and pain-relief is afforded during the hospice period.
The leader of the team is your hospice doctor. He will guide medical staff in treating any chronic or acute conditions you have and keeping your pain and discomfort to a minimum.
Your hospice nurses will carry out the doctor’s instructions regarding medications and monitor medical equipment such as IVs and electrocardiogram stations. Your nurse will also monitor your vital signs and alert the doctor if you show signs of physical distress.
Counselors and social workers will provide you and your family with as much emotional support and information about the hospice process as they can. Counselors, in particular, are an invaluable source of grief counseling to help your loved ones come to terms with your inevitable death.
Homemaker or home health aides will perform the vital function of relieving your family of routine chores and tasks so they can spend as much time as they can with you.
Aides will run errands, help with housework, cook meals, and lend a helping hand wherever possible to lighten the load on your family during this difficult time.
Your doctor will be able to provide you with a list of hospice and palliative care providers he’s familiar with, but there are many other resources to find the best hospice care for you.
Senioradvisor.com is a comprehensive resource for all kinds of senior-related resources and information. Use Senioradvisor.com to find a list of customer-reviewed hospice care service providers near you.
The Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association website has information about all aspects of hospice care and a referral service that will set you on the right path.
Eligible veterans can find out if hospice care is provided by the Veteran’s Administration health care service.
Luckily for Omaha seniors, Medicare Part A covers hospice care as a part of your health care plan.
Most private insurance policies have provisions for hospice care as well, and eligible veterans will have access to VA health care system provided hospice care.
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