End-of-life care is a widely accepted specialized care provided when the prognosis for an end stage condition or terminal disease is less than six to twelve months. Since the care, also known as hospice care, can begin twelve months earlier, patients have more time to put their affairs in order and spend time with their family and friends while having their pain and symptoms managed.
The hospice staff coordinates care with the patient’s doctors, nurses, specialists, social workers, counselors, health aides, clergy, and volunteers to provide comfort and an enriching quality of life during this time. Since hospice is widely used, most assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities provide the service. You can also hire a hospice service to care for your loved one at home.
Patients aren’t the only people to benefit from hospice service. The patient’s family members and caregivers can receive counseling, respite care, and bereavement support when needed.
According to the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP), hospice agencies and providers must be licensed in the State of Texas to operate. They do not need a Certificate of Need.
CHAP has a history of providing hospice agencies with accreditation for over 50 years. You can peruse the organization’s website for accredited hospice providers in the Plano area, such as All-American Durable Medical Equipment and Bethanya Home Health.
Hospice care costs vary depending on several factors including the length of service, types of services required, and the patient’s condition. Texas Medicaid and Medicare Part A cover hospice services with a prior authorization from the physician detailing the condition and care plan. Some residents qualify for dual coverage (Medicare and Medicaid) or full coverage.
The veteran insurance benefit known as TRICARE covers hospice care for the vet and their spouse. Your private insurance may cover hospice, but you will need to check your policy to confirm it is clearly stated before you need the benefit.
If you do not have medical insurance and do not qualify for Medicaid or Medicare, ask the hospice agency if they offer a sliding scale payment schedule based on income. Many agencies now offer this as an alternative to monthly payments.
You can find plenty of hospice care agencies and providers online, either through a search engine or a senior care directory. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) maintains ratings and reviews of providers in the city. You can find online agencies like Grace Hospice, Heart to Heart Hospice, Aspen Home Health and Hospice Services, Aseracare Hospice, Home Health Care Plano, Accord Palliative Care and Hospice, and Amity Hospice.
Hospice is also available at some assisted living communities, memory care centers, and skilled nursing facilities. Consider scheduling a tour at one of the following facilities in the Plano area: Brookdale Spring Creek Gardens, The Waterford at Plano, Sunrise of Plano, Brookdale Plano, Brookdale Collin Oaks, and DaySpring Assisted Living.
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