Hospice care might mean that you are nearing the end of your life, but it also means you don’t have to do it alone or while dealing with pain. Hospice care uses both medical and emotional support to help you at the end of your life, and it provides your family with the grief counseling they need. You can choose to have the care in your home or if you would rather be in a hospital or nursing facility that is available too. There will be an entire team of doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists, and counselors that work with you and your family to meet your needs.
If you think hospice care isn’t worth the trouble, there is a study from the National Association of Home Care and Hospice that show otherwise. During their research, they found that hospice patients were less depressed, had a higher quality of care, less pain, and ended up living longer than their non-hospice counterparts.
Finding the right hospice care might take a little time, but it’s important that you find what works for you. In the state of Virginia, all hospice agencies need to be licensed by the Virginia Department of Health. This allows the state to monitor the quality of care at each facility. The Community Health Accreditation Partner program is another good source of agencies. This independent review board has been around since 1965 and lists accredited providers on their site.
Your hospice care should provide the highest quality of care with compassionate caregivers who can meet your needs and coordinate all care schedules. Your doctor might have some good suggestions, and if you have family members or friends who have been through this, ask for their recommendations. Reviews online can also be helpful if you want a better sense of how each agency operates.
Cost is something many people worry about when it comes to health care. Hospice will be more expensive than other care, but it will mostly depend on your location and what services you need. On average, you can expect to pay around $160 per day.
Some programs can help you cover the costs of your care. If you have Medicare, Part A policyholders can get their hospice covered with a small co-pay for medication and care. Medicaid recipients can use their benefits to take care of hospice costs and veterans, and their dependents can use TRICARE. Even most private insurances will cover the cost of hospice.
If you don’t think any of these options will work for you, talk to the care agency because they might be able to work on a sliding scale rate to fit your budget or create a payment plan that is easier to handle. You could also ask if you qualify for charitable care.
If you would prefer to stay in your home, you can use in-home care services like Arcadia Home Care & Staffing. Nursing homes like River Pointe Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, as well as assisted living facilities like The Gardens of Virginia Beach, also offer their resident’s hospice care. Even if you’re in an Alzheimer’s home like Brookdale Virginia Beach, you can still find hospice care.
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