End-of-life care patients with end stage illnesses can benefit from the specialized care when there is no cure. This coordinated care, also known as hospice care, is used when the prognosis is six to twelve months and the focus is on spending quality time with family with the time that is left. Managed pain and symptoms help to make the moments with those that matter the priority. Many of the patients seen in hospice include those suffering from:
Lou Gehrig’s disease
Complications from AIDS
Multiple sclerosis (MS)
Congestive heart failure
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
End stage dementia
Hospice care isn’t just for the patient. The program offers comprehensive services to caregivers and family members that include respite care and bereavement support. It works in conjunction with the patient’s doctor and specialists as well as nurses, social workers, counselors, home health aides, and clergy. Patients may live longer while receiving hospice care compared to those that do not receive the same type of care, according to studies.
Hospice providers in Florida must be licensed and certified in order to provide the coordinated care to residents. Many are also accredited through CHAP, Community Health Accreditation Partner, which houses a national database of providers. You can locate providers that are Medicare and Medicaid certified. No matter if you find a provider from a database, through referrals, or from reading ratings and reviews online, you will want a hospice service that provides reliable quality care in a timely manner and with a compassionate heart.
The price for hospice varies between locations and services included, although it tends to be higher than other types of care due to the coordination of services. In 2015, the Medicaid reimbursement per Diem rates for non-institutional providers for a particular hospice provider in Florida was $152.27 for routine home care and $167.84 for inpatient respite care.
Medicare Part A fully covers hospice as long as your hospice team orders the services and your physician has certified the length of time remaining. The Florida Medicaid Program also covers hospice and only asks that you pay a $2 per day copayment. If you are a veteran, TRICARE will cover 100 percent of your hospice care. Most private insurances will cover hospice and palliative care. If you do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid, and do not have a private insurance or third-party payer, ask the hospice service about possible payment plans or sliding scale fees based on income.
The majority of assisted living communities, nursing homes, and Alzheimer’s care facilities in the Orlando area provide hospice care to their residents. These include facilities like Spring Hills Hunters Creek, Central Park Village, Madison House, Brookdale Conway, Ponce Adult Family Care, and Ionie’s Assisted Living II. Be sure to ask friends and family for recommendations for hospice services near you.
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