Hospice care can help you when you reach the end of your life by providing the medical care you need and the emotional support both you and your family need. This time can be a stressful and sad time, but a hospice team can help you enjoy your final months and prepare your loved ones for everything that will happen. You don’t have to leave your home to get hospice care because Scottsdale has several licensed hospice providers. If your doctor has recommended that you begin hospice care, here are a few things that you should know.
It doesn’t matter where you decide to get hospice care. Whether is be in your home or an assisted living facility, you will be taken care of by a team. Each member of the team will have a job, and their work will help you and your family get through this time.
Your primary doctor will be in charge of the team, and they will work in close collaboration with the hospice director to make sure you get the care you need. Since they know your condition the best, they will manage all the people who care for you and change things as needed.
You will also have nurses and in-home health aides that you will interact with daily. They will be the ones taking care of your condition on a day-by-day basis which could mean monitoring vitals, changing dressings, and administering medication. They will also bring in other therapists or nurses to help as your condition worsens.
A homemaker can help you by taking care of daily chores, so you get the maximum amount of time with your family.
You and your family will need emotional support during this stage, and a social worker, counselor, or member of the clergy will take care of those needs. They can also help explain what happens during this time.
Trained hospice volunteers will provide errand services and possibly even respite care as it’s needed.
You can also get your close friends and neighbors involved to get full community support. They can arrange for meals to be dropped off at your house, run to the grocery store, or talk with you on breaks.
Often, your doctor will have a particular hospice provider that they want you to work with, but if they don’t, you can look around for your own. The Arizona Hospice & Palliative Care Organization has all the hospice providers listed in an online directory that you can browse. If you’re a veteran, check with your VA benefits to find in-home providers or facilities that have hospice care.
You can also search on websites like SeniorAdvisor.com because many of the providers listed here offer hospice care. If you’re looking for in-home providers, places like Comfort-N-Home could help and facilities like Pueblo Norte and The Gardens of Scottsdale provide hospice to their residents.
If you have insurance from a private company, you probably have hospice care coverage. Medicare Part A also covers in-home or in-facility hospice care. Again, eligible veterans should check their benefits to see where they can get hospice care covered. If you don’t think you can afford hospice care, don’t be afraid to ask if a provider will offer a sliding-scale fee. This option can help you get the proper care during a delicate time in life.
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