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What is Hospice?
Hospice is a model of care that addresses medical, spiritual and psychological issues. It does not focus on cure but placed highest value on patient comfort and dignity. Hospice Care is provided by a team-oriented group pf specialty trained health care professional and volunteers with a coordinated plan of care. Patients and family are integral members of the interdisciplinary team.
Hospice services are available to patients of any age, religion, race, or illness. Hospice care also is provided in freestanding hospice centers, hospitals, and nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
What is the Core of Hospice Care?
The Core on Hospice care is alleviating the physical symptoms of terminally ill patients while providing emotional support to the patient and family during and after dying process. Hospice focuses on caring, not curing and in most cases care is provided in the patient's home.
What is the Difference between Hospice and Palliative Care?
Palliative Care emphasizes on quality of life, control of pain, and symptoms and attention to the psychosocial and spiritual experiences of adapting to advanced illness. Hospice care is a specialized and intensive form of palliative care for patient with advanced, life threatening illness na for their family. Hospice focuses on providing comfort and support to people with serious and progressive illness and their families in the conform of their own homes or long term facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living. The two vary greatly in the care location, timing payment, and eligibility for the services. Contact us
What kinds of insurance do you accept?
Hospice and Palliative Care are paid for in a variety of ways
Medicare - If a terminally ill individual is a Medicare beneficiary, both hospice and palliative care are covered benefit under Part A.
Medicaid - Agency must be medicaid Certified. Insurance for families with low income and few resources varying by state.
Private Insurance - most insurance plans issued by employers.
Tricare - Health benefits program for military personnel and retirees.
Private Pay - if insurance coverage is unavailable or insufficient, the patient and the patient family can discuss private pay and payment plans.
Charity Care - Funds may be available from donations, gifts, grants or other community sources to help cover the costs of care.
Note: Medicare Certified Hospice and Palliative Care are all listed in the HospiceDirectory.org
Who is eligible for Medicare?
Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans, HMOs, and other managed care organizations.
To be eligible for Medicare, an individual must be at least 65 years of cage, under 65f years and disabled or any age with End State Renal Disease (permanent kindly failure that requires dialysis or transplant. Eligibility for Medicare requires that an individual is a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident fo r5 continuous years and is eligible for social security benefits with at least ten year of payment contributed into the system.
How does Hospice care work?
How does hospice care work? Typically, a family member serves as the primary caregiver and, when appropriate, helps make decisions for the terminally ill individual. Members of the hospice staff make regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care or other services. Hospice staff is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Who is part of the HOSPICE TEAM?
The hospice team develops a care plan that meets each patient's individual needs for pain management and symptom control. The team usually consists of:
The patient' s personal physician
Hospice physician (or medical director)
Home health aides
Clergy or other counselors
Speech, physical, and occupational therapists, if needed.
WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE INTERDISCIPLINARY HOSPICE TEAM?
Among its major responsibilities, the interdisciplinary hospice team:
Manages the patient’s pain and symptoms
Assists the patient with the emotional and psychosocial and spiritual aspects of dying
Provides needed drugs, medical supplies, and equipment
Coaches the family on how to care for the patient
Delivers special services like speech and physical therapy when needed
Makes short-term inpatient care available when pain or symptoms become too difficult to manage at home, or the caregiver needs respite time
Provides bereavement care and counseling to surviving family and friends
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For More Information About Hospice and Palliative Care
Hospice Association of America