We all have to face the difficulties associated with the end of life. Thankfully, hospice care is here to help. To ensure patients have the best possible quality of life during their last months, Tucson has several licensed hospice providers to choose from. Many people think that hospice is a physical location where one goes for their final days. This is only partially true. Services are actually rendered in your own home or in a senior living facility. Basically, hospice care offers patients and their family members the emotional and practical support they require.
You and your loved ones work with a team of professionals whether your hospice care is administered in your home or as part of the continuum of care in a senior living facility. As they offer support for you and your family, they will fill the following roles:
Your doctor will lead the hospice team and create a course of care and plan for pain management while coordinating with the hospice director or doctor.
Hospice volunteers are trained to listen to what you have to say, offer brief respite care for your loved ones, and to run errands.
To give family members more time together, homemaking aides take care of routine chores.
Clergy, social workers, and counselor team members will offer ongoing emotional support and tell you what to expect during end-of-life care.
Home health aides monitor your health and pain levels and nurses follow your physician’s care plan.
You may also want to see if your personal support network would like to assist. Ask your emotionally supportive and reliable friends and neighbors for help. They may want to create a care calendar for the delivery of meals, visiting, grocery runs, and anything else you want.
There is a long list of hospice agencies in Pima County, but check with your physician because they may have specific recommendations. Otherwise, you can visit the directory on the website for the Arizona Hospice & Palliative Care Organization. The VA offers care to veterans at Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, in a senior living community, or at home.
If you visit SeniorAdvisor.com, you can find a comprehensive list of nursing home and in-home hospice care providers. For instance, Homewatch Caregivers is one of the top in-home hospice providers in Tucson. A couple local senior living communities that offer end-of-life care are Brookdale Santa Catalina and Manor Care Health Service.
Most private health insurers cover hospice services. And, if you go with a Medicare-certified provider, your Medicare Part A coverage will pay for hospice care in a nursing home or in your own home. If you are enrolled in the VA Health Care, you can get hospice care from the Veterans Administration in Tucson. Plus, for patients with limited resources, some hospice care providers offer a sliding fee scale. When it comes to making your final days as comfortable as possible, professional support and quality care are important, so do not hesitate to seek out financial assistance.
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