When is hospice care needed?
Hospice care is usually started through a recommendation by your primary care doctor. Referrals are made to a hospice agency when someone has an illness that can not be treated and are in the end-stages of that disease. A Hospice agency can help educate and give the patient and any family and friends the support and comfort they need during this time. A Senior Connection will work with you and your family to find the best fit hospice care to make the transition as easy as possible.
How do I fund hospice care?
Hospice care cost will depend greatly on if the patient is at home or in a facility, a licensed hospice agency is covered by your Medicare, Medi-cal and other private insurances. Any cost to a residential care home or private hire care givers will still come from private out of pocket funds.
What services should I expect?
Choosing the right hospice care for your loved one is a big decision. We’ll make the process easier on you and your family in this difficult time. First we will talk about the options of staying at home and hiring private care givers or looking at the options of residential care homes. We will make sure whichever direction you will be looking for care in, that we will suit you to the most appropriate person or community. We will help to ensure that there is qualified caregivers assisting with personal care and that we are looking at communities that have waivers that need to be in place by licensing in order to care for someone on hospice care. Some of the care that may be included by the caregivers are:
- Comfort to the patient
- Rotating and transfer assist as needed
- Bed bound care
- Feeding assistance (meal prepared to care plan)
- Incontinence care
- Proper hygiene & grooming
- Total care of daily living needs
Along with finding the right care, you will also want to be connected with the right hospice agency to provide the best nursing oversight for you or your loved one during this deliquent time in life. Some of these services (which are covered by most insurances) should include:
- Comfort of patient and family
- Palliative care
- Spiritual care
- Regular and On Call Nurses
- Medications related to terminal illness diagnosis
- Social Services
*Please consult with us to ensure the hospice care services you are considering are a good fit for you and your family.
How do I find the right hospice care for my loved one?
To make the transition ahead as easy as possible for your family, the hospice care you choose should be a good fit. We’ll get to know your family and match you with a hospice care service that will support your loved one and your family specific to your needs. Contact us today to start finding the best hospice care options for your loved one.