Hospice care is a combination of different types of care available to patients near the end of their life as well as their family members. The final months of a loved one’s life can be challenging, and hospice care works to provide both medical and emotional care to everyone involved in the process. There will be a team of doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, and counselors that will work with you and your family. You can also choose where you would like to get hospice care whether that’s in your home or a facility like a nursing home or assisted living center.
Hospice can be a huge benefit to patients that don’t have much longer to live. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice conducted a study that showed patients who received hospice care enjoyed a better quality of life and were less depressed than patients that didn’t. The study also showed that hospice patients experienced less pain and even lived longer because they got the proper care.
Choosing the right hospice is crucial because these people will be caring for you and your family during the most difficult time. The first thing you want to find is hospice care that is properly licensed and accredited. In the state of Washington, all hospice care agencies must have the right license and credentials to provide services. The Community Health Accreditation Partner program is an independent review board that accredits hospice providers in the area, and you can look for providers on their website.
Beyond the proper credentials, you want an agency that has the best quality of care and works together to create a plan that helps both you and your family. You can find suggestions from your health care provider, your assisted living facility, friends, or family members who have used these services. Online reviews can help you get a better feel for the type of care and services you’ll get with each provider.
In most places, hospice care is going to be more expensive than other types of care. This is because there are often more services provided and more people on your care team. The average cost of care can range from $102 to $160 per day, depending on your location and what services you need.
Fortunately, many programs will help you cover the costs. If you have Medicare and are a Part A policyholder, you can get 100% of most of your care services covered. There will be a small but manageable co-pay for medicine and care. Medicaid will also help with costs and Apple Health (Medicaid) in Washington includes hospice. TRICARE is for veterans and their dependents and will also cover hospice care.
If you can use any of these options to cover your hospice care, you can still work with agencies to find the right payment plan. Some facilities will work on a sliding scale rate while others might be willing to offer their services for free with charitable care. You just need to ask to find what’s available.
You can find both in-home hospice care as well as facilities with hospice care in Seattle. Home Instead Senior Care, Ida Culver House Broadview, and Terraces at Skyline at First Hill offer hospice care. Synergy Home Care in Seattle won 2017 Best of Senior Living Award from SeniorAdvisor.com.
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