Hospice Home Care

Seniors who suffer from an incurable illness, a life-threatening disease or those who are nearing the end of their life may need the services of a Hospice provider.  Often people think Hospice is a place, but you can also get hospice home care, and can help seniors and their loved ones transition into their final stages of their life. Sometimes hospice patients have a few weeks before their life ends, and in those final weeks of life Hospice home care provides comfort for both the patient and their loved ones, in a very familiar setting.

Setting up Hospice in the home may require very few changes.  One may consider adding a daybed, or a lazy chair in the room available to the family members who may want to spend the night in their loved ones’ room. When you or a loved one are faced with the stress of dying, finances and how-to-pay for services should not be on your mind.   You may consult and get the help of a Hospice Home Care provider to arrange for a person to stay in their home and receive Hospice services.  You may also check with your local Home Care Nursing agency to find out if they offer Hospice services at home, which may be the most appealing option for a person with a terminal illness.

Medicare is available to Hospice patients if they qualify for this assistance. To qualify for Medicare, the physician must certify that the patient’s situation is terminal within 6 months time. The hospice care will not provide any medical treatments for any terminal illnesses thereafter. With the reality of living only 6 more months, a person may not want to end treatments and may resist hospice care. A lot of seniors fear hospice care for many different reasons.

Hospice does not have to be a final decision. If the senior’s condition gets better and they are in Hospice home care, they can end the Hospice services and start receiving regular Medicare coverage and treatments as necessary. If a senior does not like in-home hospice care for whatever reason, they can return to regular care services through Medicare coverage. They do not necessarily have to give a reason for their decision if they do not want hospice home care services any longer, and they can make that decision at any time.

A terminal disease can cause symptoms that may cause discomfort to the patient. Hospice care inside the home provides patients with medical treatments to help with these symptoms so they can have some comfort. Since the medication is provided directly from the Hospice Care Provider, it is more convenient for the patients and their families. The families do not have to worry about making the trip to the pharmacy for these comfort medications, nor do they need to worry about other insurance coverage to help with the costs.

Hospice care is care for those experiencing the end of their life because of a terminal illness or disease. The main goal of Hospice care in the home is to make the person feel as comfortable as possible, and having their family feel the same.  This is often best accomplished by having the necessary hospice services provided in one’s own home, as many dying wishes are ‘to never leave this house’.

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