Five Basics of Hospice Care

By The Care Centers.

Many people have heard of hospice care and they may even be somewhat familiar with what the service has to offer, but when it comes time to move an elderly loved one to hospice, they may not know what that means or what to expect. In this article, we will discuss some of the basics that you must understand about hospice and palliative care so that you will be better prepared to make the right decisions for elderly loved ones who are reaching the end of their life. Here are five things that it will help extensively if you know. 

1. There Will Be a Team

When your elderly loved one enters hospice care, they will have a team of professionals who will work with them as well as you and the rest of the family. This team can include: 

  • Bereavement Counselors
  • Doctors
  • Caregivers
  • Home Health Aides
  • Social Workers
  • Spiritual Caregivers
  • Children’s Counselors

This team will ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible. 

2. They Are Always Available

The team who works with you, your family, and your elderly loved one will have this team available all of the time. That means literally 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

3. There are Three Types of Hospice Care

Most people associate this care with the hospice facility itself, but that isn’t the only option. In fact, the vast majority of hospice patients are given this type of care at home. Another option is to receive hospice care in another facility, such as at a hospital or nursing home. 

4. Understand Who Hospice Patients Are

Most people associated with hospice and palliative care are patients who have cancer, but it can apply to anyone with a terminal illness if they are expected to live no more than six months. This can include people who cannot manage their daily life anymore, people with a terminal illness, and people who opt for palliative care instead of treatment for their illness. 

5. Medicare Often Pays for Hospice

This type of care can be very expensive, but Medicare will often pay most of the cost. Whatever is left to pay will usually be sent as a bill later on so that you do not have to worry over finances during your grieving period. You can pay the bill at a later time, or if private insurance is available, it will usually pay in the form of reimbursement. 

Hospice is a very important during the end stages of your loved one’s life and it is available in more ways than you may have imagined. This care can make them comfortable and make things much easier for you and your family. You can learn more about hospice (What Is Hospice and What to Expect from It) by reading this article on what you can expect from it. Additionally, you could read this article (How to Choose the Right Hospice) on how you should choose the right hospice care. This will ensure you are better equipped to make the right decisions for the comfort and care of your elderly family member. 

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