As our loved ones approach the end of their lives, we want them to be as comfortable as possible. Yet even when we do all that we can, it isn’t always enough. Sometimes we are unable to provide the care and comfort that they need without professional assistance.
In those situations, hospice care can help to fill in the empty spaces. With a hospice care provider, a professional can help keep the elderly individual comfortable as they reach their final days. Whether you need care in a senior living facility or at home, hospice can provide you with the services you’re looking for.
Hospice care services are recommended when it is understood that additional medical trials and treatments will not be useful. A hospice team will not introduce new treatments into the senior’s care, instead they focus on how to eliminate pain or discomfort during this time. Each member of the hospice team has incredibly important duties.
When seeking hospice care for your loved one, it is important to still make frequent visits with their doctor. The senior’s doctor will work hand-in-hand with the hospice care team to ensure that all needs are met, pain is sufficiently managed, and the proper amount of medication is administered.
The team may also need an assortment of homemaking aides and health aides. Where a health aide or nurse will help ensure the doctor’s hospice plan is followed through, a homemaking aide can help family members, friends, and neighbors with chores, cooking, and cleaning. Volunteers can also be available to help pick up some slack.
When you believe it is time to consider hospice services for your loved one, you should first discuss the situation with the senior’s doctor and medical care team. In many circumstances, the elder’s team can point you in the direction of trusted hospice care providers. You will also want to consider the specific needs of the senior, including if they would like their hospice care provider to be faith-based.
There are a number of hospice care providers in the Sacramento area. Here are just a few of the options available to you:
Sutter VNA & Hospice: 8330 Ferguson Ave | (961) 388-6260
Sojourn Hospice and Palliative Care: 2450 Venture Oaks Way | (916) 925-1080
VITAS Healthcare: 2710 Gateway Oaks Dr. Suite 100 | (800) 938-4827
For additional home hospice care providers, you can check out the directory at SeniorAdvisor.com or reach out to the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association.
Many hospice care services can be covered by insurance, Medicare, and Medi-Cal. The hospice services that will be covered under insurance policies will depend on the need of the senior, but usually does not cover 24/7 nursing care. Additionally, hospice care covered by insurers will not include services that look to treat the senior’s disease, only services that aim to make the senior more comfortable.
When shopping for a hospice service provider, be sure to check that your insurance is compatible with that particular company and the services that you are looking for.
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