It is a myth that patients only receive end-of-life or hospice care in the last few days of their lives. Hospice care is available to those patients suffering from end stage diseases, when the prognosis is six to twelve months to manage the pain and symptoms, so the patient can enjoy family in comfort. You can receive hospice care in an assisted living community, skilled nursing facility, Alzheimer’s disease care facility, or at home.
The coordinated service works with physicians, nurses, social workers, home health aides, counselors, clergy, and volunteers. The focal point is on providing the patient with an increased quality of life during this time while maintaining dignity when there is no cure. Family members and caregivers also receive support in the form of respite care and bereavement counseling. Hospice care should be considered when the patient has one of these end stage diseases:
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
MS (multiple sclerosis)
AIDS (complications from the disease)
End stage dementia
Congestive heart failure
This is just a sampling. There are many other conditions that may qualify you for end-of-life care.
You want a hospice service that delivers quality care and services quickly and efficiently and with compassion. You can gather recommendations from family and friends as well as find several reviews and ratings online from senior care directories.
Hospice service providers are required to be licensed and certified in the State of Florida and many seek accreditation through the Community Health Accreditation Partner, also known as CHAP. You can find providers on CHAP’s national database, including those Medicare and Medicaid certified, which must adhere to additional requirements to remain certified.
Due to the coordination of services from many different aspects of healthcare, hospice is higher than most other types of care. The Medicaid reimbursement per Diem rates for a particular non-institutional provider in Tampa was $151.81 for routine home care and $167.44 for inpatient respite care in 2015.
Medicare Part A will cover hospice care 100 percent as will the military insurance TRICARE. Florida Medicaid does cover the palliative care with a $2 copay for each day. If you do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid, and your private insurance does not cover hospice, check with the provider about sliding scale fees based on income or payment plans.
You can find several hospice services, providers, and agencies online. In the Tampa area, there are about one dozen hospice agencies, such as Melech Hospice House, Granny Nannies of Tampa, Kindred at Home, Brookdale Bayshore, Amedisys Home Health, and LifePath Hospice – Sun City. Assisted living facilities and Alzheimer’s care centers usually provide a hospice program, including Elmcroft of Carrollwood, Brighton Gardens of Tampa, The Estate at Hyde Park, Royal Sun Park ALF, and Adams House.
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