Three Things to Know About Hospice at Home

By The Care Centers.

The vast majority of people associate hospice care with a facility where the patient is provided room and board while they receive round the clock care as well. However, that is not always the case. In fact, many patients are treated by hospice when they are in the hospital or in a nursing home. In addition to that, a hospice patient can receive treatment in their own home, which can be ideal to make sure they are as comfortable as possible. In home hospice care has a lot of advantages, and it doesn’t leave the patient at a disadvantage either. If you have an elderly loved one, and you believe they are in need of hospice care, then consider in home care and what it has to offer. 

You Will Get the Same Team

To begin with, your loved one will be treated to the same team of professionals as they would if they were in a hospice facility. The staff will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A nurse will visit regularly depending on the severity of the patient’s wellbeing. Other people who will visit include social workers, grief counselors, spiritual counselors if requested, doctors, and volunteers. Those volunteers will be able to do things like go to the pharmacy, run to the grocery store, and cook meals. 

Medicare May Still Pay

Medicare will often pay for hospice care or at least a large majority of the cost depending on the plan that the patient has. This applies whether the palliative care is offered in a facility or in your loved one’s home. You will still need to check with Medicare to determine how much will be covered. 

Where Will the Care Come From?

Hospice care for in-home patients can come from a number of different sources, including a hospice facility, a hospital, or a nursing home. If you intend to get Medicare to pay for the expense, you must make sure that you choose a Medicare approved facility, and most of these will be places that specialize in hospice only. It is your choice where the care comes from, but it may depend somewhat on your loved one’s condition and what’s available nearby. 

In-home hospice care can be the right option simply because your loved one will be much more comfortable in familiar surroundings. You won’ be sacrificing quality of care either when you have the team of professionals visit your elderly loved one in their home. 

There’s a lot more to hospice that you will want to know about for the best care of your loved one. You can find out the details by reading this article on what hospice (What is Hospice and What to Expect from It) actually is and what you can expect from it. You can also read this article, (Four Things to Know about Palliative Care) which better explains palliative care. Educating yourself before making major decisions for your loved one will ensure you make the right choices so that they will get the best care possible during the last days of their life. 

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