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Washington, D.C. End-of-Life Care

One can find plenty of end-of-life care providers in the Washington, D.C. area. Also known as hospice care, patients receiving the palliative care tend to live longer than those not receiving the same type of care. This multidisciplinary approach combines the expertise of physicians, nurses, counselors, specialists, home health aides, social workers, clergy, and volunteers. The patients are given relief from symptoms and pain, as well as the physical and mental stress, in the last six to twelve months of life due to a terminal illness or disease.

These end stage conditions can include, but not limited to:

Alzheimer’s disease

End (late) stage dementia

Lou Gehrig’s disease

Parkinson’s disease

Multiple sclerosis (MS)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Stroke

Congestive heart failure

Liver disease

Kidney disease

Cancer

AIDS

The patient’s family and caregivers also receive support services including bereavement counseling and respite care. The focus is on keeping the patient comfortable and peaceful during this time. Hospice care can occur at the patient’s home and at most assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities, and Alzheimer’s care centers.

Important Considerations When Hiring a Hospice Service

A hospice provider should be reputable and provide timely service with compassion and a professional standard of care. Your friends, neighbors, and family may recommend hospice services in the Washington, D.C. area. You can find ratings and reviews for most providers and agencies online.

Since all hospice providers in Washington, D.C. are required to be licensed and certified through the D.C. Health Regulation and Licensing Administration, many are also accredited with the Community Health Accreditation Partner, known as CHAP. This independent accreditation board keeps an up-to-date list of accredited providers throughout the country, many of which are Medicare certified.

Average Hospice Care Costs

The average Medicare spending in 2010 for hospice patients was $10,700 per patient. Since you are using a network of coordinated care for hospice, the cost varies between patients and facilities. Medicare Part A fully covers end-of-life care and pays the hospice provider a specific amount each day for services like in-home care, inpatient respite care, and continuous care. TRICARE covers hospice for veterans and their spouses, as well as most private health insurances. You can speak to your hospice provider about payment plan options or sliding scale rates based on your income since DC Medicaid does not cover hospice care. The provider may also have a list of charitable organizations and associations in the D.C. area that may help with costs.

Hospice Care Providers and Services in Washington, D.C.

You can find several hospice providers in the Washington, D.C. area. You can contact providers like The Washington Home and Community Hospices, Hospice Association of America, or the Vitas Hospice Services for more information about locations and insurance coverage. You can also find hospice services at assisted living communities, nursing homes, and Alzheimer’s care centers like The Residences at Thomas Circle, Forest Side, Forest Hills of D.C., and Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue.

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