End-of-life care, or hospice care, is a specialized care provided by a team that coordinates with the patient’s specialists, doctors, nurses, social workers, home health aides, counselors, clergy, and volunteers to provide pain and symptom management for a better quality of life with a prognosis of six to twelve months. Patients suffering from a terminal illness or condition may use hospice care to stay comfortable and spend time with their family.
Hospice care is also available to the family members and caregivers of the patient in the form of counseling, bereavement support, and respite care, whether the hospice service is an assisted living community, nursing home, or the patient’s home. If your loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, end stage dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney disease, liver disease, stroke, cancer, or the complications of AIDS, consider using a hospice service in Scottsdale.
According to the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP), hospice providers are required to be licensed but do not have to carry a Certificate of Need. When you interview a prospective agency, ask them about their licensing status. Medicare and Medicaid-accepting providers must meet stricter regulations to remain licensed.
You can use the CHAP database to locate accredited providers in the Scottsdale area, including 24 Hour Home Health, Focus Home Therapy and Medical Services, LND Medical and Lifecare, SeniorBridge Family Companies, Unity Hospice, and WellStreet Home Therapy and Medical Services.
The cost for end-of-life care varies greatly from patient to patient. The cost is dependent on the patient’s condition, the length of time on hospice, multidisciplinary care needed, and location. Hospice care at home may be less expensive than paying room and board (as well as hospice service) at an assisted living community or skilled nursing facility. Medicare Part A will cover 100 percent of hospice care costs, but not room and board at a facility.
TRICARE, the insurance for veterans and military families, covers hospice care as well as some private insurance policies. Check with your policy to see if long-term care and hospice care are covered on your plan.
There are several hospice agencies in the Scottsdale area, like Sage Hospice and Palliative Care, Solari Hospice Care, Sante Hospice and Palliative Care, Arizona Family Hospice, Eckstein Center, and Family Comfort Hospice.
If you prefer to live at an assisted living facility or nursing home, you can find facilities in Scottsdale that provide hospice to residents that need it. Search senior care directories or the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for a listing as well as see ratings and reviews. A few of the Scottsdale facilities that provide hospice care are Belmont Village Scottsdale (a SeniorAdvisor.com 2016 Best of Assisted Living Award winner), Andara, Brookdale North Scottsdale, Pueblo Norte, and Scottsdale Village Square.
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