No one should have to worry about their comfort or family when they reach the end of their life, especially if they are dealing with a long illness. This is why hospice care can be so beneficial because they will handle all of those things for you. Not only will you receive the care you need and deserve, but so will your family members. Hospice is a great option for both people who live at home or live in a nursing home or assisted living facility, and Surprise has a lot of great providers in the area. Here are a few things you should know if you’re considering hospice care.
Since there are so many factors that go into this possibly stressful time, it’s important to have a team of people who can provide care. This way you can get a mix of professionals, medical personnel, and trained volunteers to cover every base and give you everything you need.
Your doctor will be the head of your hospice care team, along with the hospice director, and will work to monitor your condition, coordinate your care, and make any necessary adjustments as time progresses.
Another valuable member of your team will be the nurse or in-home health aide who will work with you daily to ensure you are comfortable. They can manage pain levels, check vital signs, and report to your doctor if there has been a significant change.
A homemaker will be a part of your team to take care of your house and other chores so your family can spend as much time with you as possible.
Your mental well being during this period is crucial and counselors, social workers, or clergy members can be essential. They will help explain the process and not only provide emotional support to you but your family as well.
Many hospice care providers have trained volunteers that will run errands, give respite care when needed, and even sit with you, so you have a listening ear.
Close friends and neighbors can also be a part of your team. While they might not be able to manage your pain, they can run to the store if needed, bring over a warm meal, or sit with you for companionship.
It isn’t too hard to find a hospice provider in Surprise if you know where to look. Your doctor probably has a few suggestions, and you can also visit the online directory at Arizona Hospice & Palliative Care Organization’s site. Veterans should also look into approved providers through their local VA health center.
You can also check SeniorAdvisor.com to see hospice providers and read reviews for the businesses on there. There are both in-home care providers that have hospice services and inpatient facilities such as New Dawn Assisted Living and Kingswood Place that provide hospice services as part of their continuum of care.
Hospice care is usually covered by your insurance and if you have Medicare Part A, hospice care at home or a facility is covered. Eligible veterans have their VA benefits they can use to get hospice care in their home or facility as long as it’s approved. Seniors that are on a limited income might also be able to cover the cost of hospice care by working with providers that have a sliding-scale payment option. Ask if the provider would be willing to work with you and your budget, so you can still get hospice care.
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