Since some diseases have no cure, many people choose end-of-life care or hospice care, to live out the rest of their lives in comfort. The specialized care manages the pain and symptoms from end stage illnesses while providing comprehensive services to the family and caregivers of the patient. You can receive hospice care at home or in a skilled nursing facility or assisted living facility.
Hospice care can serve patients with Alzheimer’s disease, end stage dementia, cancer, liver disease, kidney disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as complications from AIDS. Studies have shown that patients receiving hospice care live longer than those without the coordinated care. The hospice staff works in tandem with your physician and other specialists to provide the care needed to increase your quality of life while instilling comfort. If the prognosis is six to twelve months, hospice care will help the patient spend that time with family for as long as possible.
Hospice agencies and providers are not required to be licensed or have a Certificate of Need, according to CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), in Kansas. Many medical care facilities and home health agencies offer hospice as an additional service and are already licensed with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Many seek accreditation through CHAP. If you are looking for online listings of hospice providers, try CHAP’s national database that features Medicare and Medicaid providers throughout Kansas.
You can find many hospice services online or through referrals, however look for a provider with reliable and timely service and a caring reputation. The community team should work together easily and deliver service with the patient in mind. There are plenty of ratings and reviews online as well as ratings on the Better Business Bureau website for facilities and agencies in Wichita and the surrounding area.
The cost of hospice varies between locations depending on your circumstance and the type of services you require. Medicare pays your hospice provider a set amount per day, regardless of the services used that day. Medicare Part A and TRICARE cover hospice services 100 percent. The Kansas Medicaid Program also covers hospice. If you do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid and your private insurance does not cover hospice care, consider asking the provider if they are willing to do sliding scale payment plans.
Many seniors choose to live in an assisted living community, skilled nursing facility, or Alzheimer’s care center after retirement. Several of these facilities in the Wichita area also provide hospice service, including Brookdale Tallgrass, Chaucer Estates, Sedgwick Plaza, Kansas Masonic Home, Cornerstone Ridge Plaza, and Chisholm Place. If you would prefer to remain at home, you can use a hospice agency like Amedisys Hospice of Wichita, Heartland Home Health, Hospice Care of Kansas, Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, and Southern Care Wichita. You can find more hospice agencies and service providers online.
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