When you near the end of your life and need extra help and care, hospice services might be a good option. Hospice care uses a combination of medical and emotional services to provide their patients as well as their family with the assistance they need. You can choose to stay in your home, for hospice or you can go to a hospital or nursing home. There will be a whole team of doctors, nurses, social workers, and counselors who will help you with your care and make sure your family gets the counseling they need now.
Hospice care patients tend to benefit in many ways from these services. The National Association of Home Care and Hospice did a study and found that patients who had hospice had better quality care, experienced less pain, and were less depressed than patients without hospice. They also found that hospice patients tended to live longer because they were getting the proper palliative care.
It can be easy to be overwhelmed by options when it comes to hospice care, so you need to do a little research. Hospice providers in Minnesota must have a license from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes or else they are not allowed to operate. The Community Health Accreditation Partner program is another way to find reliable providers. This independent review board lists accredited providers on their website.
Beyond licensing and accreditation, you need a provider that will meet your needs with compassion and the best care possible. This is a difficult enough time, and hospice should be there to ease the burden of scheduling care and support your family. If you want, you can get a referral from your doctor, suggestions from your friends, or read reviews online to narrow your search options.
Hospice is going to be more expensive than other forms of care. You need more services during this time, and that requires more caregivers. Average daily costs can be around $160, but your location and the services you need will factor into the total amount you pay.
There are payment options, and you might not have to pay for everything yourself. Check your private insurance policy to see if hospice is covered, and if you’re a Medicare Part A policyholder, hospice services are covered. You just pay a small copay for medicine and care. Medicare benefits include hospice in Minnesota and TRICARE will take care of hospice for veterans and their families.
If you still need help covering the costs, ask your provider if they can work on a sliding scale rate to fit your budget or come up with a manageable payment plan. Your case might also qualify for charitable care, so don’t hesitate to ask.
Depending on your condition, there are a few options for hospice care here in Saint Paul. Nursing homes like Bentson Family as well as assisted living facilities like The Wellington and New Perspective Senior Living offer their residents and others hospice care. There are also Alzheimer’s facilities like Rosewood Estate of Highland Park that have hospice care.
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