Hospice care, also known as end-of-life care, provides patients with comfort while managing pain and symptoms when there is no cure. Hospice can be called into your home, assisted living community, or nursing home when your prognosis is less than 12 months. The specialized care is a coordination of services for the patient, family members, and caregivers to increase the quality of life for the patient and give the family the time they need with their loved one.
Studies show that patients receiving hospice care tend to live longer than those that opt to not have end-of-life care. If you or a loved one is suffering from one of the following end stage conditions, consider using the hospice care in San Jose:
End stage dementia
Congestive heart failure
Multiple sclerosis (MS)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Complications from AIDS
Lou Gehrig’s disease
This list is only a sampling as there are many more conditions, illnesses, and diseases that may result in the need for palliative care. Your primary physician will guide you when the time is right to seek out a hospice provider. Your doctor may have a specific team they work with on a regular basis and remain your physician throughout that time.
In California, the multidisciplinary care must meet requirements for licensing and certification. Agencies and facilities accepting Medicare and Medicaid are required to meet additional requirements that may be more stringent. The California Department of Public Health licenses hospice providers in the state, as well as CHAPS (Community Health Accreditation Partner). The CHAPS website hosts a national database to make finding a provider easier. In the State of California, hospice services are required to be licensed, but not a Certificate of Need.
A reputable hospice service should provide excellent coordination of care, a clean and comfortable environment, and timely service. You can search online for ratings and reviews of hospice agencies and providers in San Jose.
In 2004, Medicare covered 82 percent of all hospice care at an average cost of $6,500 per patient. The costs vary depending on the services required, the patient’s condition, and the length of time hospice is used. Hospice is a fully covered benefit under Medicare Part A, Medi-Cal Medicaid Program, and TRICARE. Your private insurance may also cover hospice. If you do not qualify for Medicare and Medicaid, ask the hospice service if they offer sliding scale payment plans.
Ask your friends and family for recommendations for hospice providers in your area. You can find hospice agencies online like Hospice of the Valley, With Grace Hospice and Palliative Care, and Gentiva Hospice. If you live in an assisted living facility or nursing home, or plan to in the future, many offer hospice programs to their residents. These include Belmont Village San Jose, Atria Willow Glen, Brookdale San Jose, Atria Chateau Gardens, Carlton Senior Living, and Vintage Silver Creek.
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