Checklist for Choosing Hospice Care

By The Care Centers.

There may come a time when you take your aging loved one to the doctor and the physician recommends that it is the right time for hospice care. That’s a difficult thing to hear because it indicates that your loved one only has six months or less to live. While you may be grief-stricken, you will have to spend some time making decisions for your elderly family member. You will need to choose the right hospice facility for your loved one, especially if there are several available nearby their home. To help you make that decision quickly and easily, here is a checklist of things to look for in a hospice facility. Go through this checklist with each facility you consider and then you will be able to narrow down the options.

  • Is the Hospice Medicare Certified?

    This is a good place to start because you need to know whether or not Medicare will pay for the care. This can be expensive, so the help can be very welcome.

  • Is the Hospice Surveyed by a State or Federal Agency?

    You need to check to ensure surveys are done on the hospice in a regular basis, at least every five years. You may also wish to check if there were any deficiencies in the last survey and ask if those issues have been rectified.

  • Is the Hospice of a Member of NHPCO?

    If they are a member of this organization, then they will have to meet very strict standards of care and this will give you more peace of mind that you can depend on them.

  • Does the Hospice Conduct Family Evaluations?

    This will help determine what services the family will need during the care of the loved one and then after their death. The family members may need counseling and other services, and you need to know that hospice will look after everyone.

  • Are All Staff Certified and Credentialed?

    You need to know that everyone who will be making medical decisions for your loved one is certified to make those type of choices in the best manner possible.

  • Is the Staff Available at Any Time of the Day?

    Usually, hospice care will be 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but if you choose in-home care, they will only come on visits except in a crisis situation. Be sure to check and ensure they will be available if something happens no matter the time.

If you are unsure of how hospice works and you need more information, then read this article (What Is Hospice and What to Expect from It) on what to expect when you choose a facility for your elderly loved one. Additionally, you may find the information in this article helpful (Five Basics of What Hospice Means). It will cover the different types of services that are offered through hospice care. That will give you a better idea of what to look for in a facility. Hospice care is very important for your loved one when they are in their end days, so be sure to find the right facility and services for them.

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