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Shying away from difficult conversations

Posted By admin | 02/1/2018

Is it difficult to have those conversations about hospice care when your loved one is dying? Let’s dig a little deeper into your options before you have the hard talk with your relatives.

Is hospice care the right choice for your family member? Is it only for cancer patients? Will it be always covered? Let’s try to answer some of these questions for you!

Hospice is definitely a program for terminally-ill patients and their caregivers, helping them live comfortably and here the focus is on comfort and not cure. A professionally trained team provides for medical, physical, spiritual and emotional needs of not just the patient but also the family that cares for him/her. Services can include but are not limited to physical care, drugs, counseling, equipments and supplies. Hospice care usually happens at home where family caretakers can also get care.Depending on the plan of care that we create for our patients depending on each patient’s terminal illness and other needs our services can include:

  • Doctor services
  • Nursing care
  • Medical equipment (like wheelchairs or walkers)
  • Medical supplies (like bandages and catheters)
  • Prescription drugs for symptom control or pain relief
  • Hospice aide and homemaker services
  • Physical therapy services
  • Occupational therapy services
  • Speech-language pathology services
  • Social work services
  • Dietary counseling
  • Grief and loss counseling for you and your family
  • Short-term inpatient care (for pain and symptom management)
  • Short term respite care(Temporary care provided in a nursing home, hospice inpatient facility, or hospital so that a family member or friend who is the patient’s caregiver can rest or take some time off.)
  • Any other Medicare-covered services needed to manage your pain and other symptoms related to your terminal illness and related conditions, as recommended by your hospice team

Since by the time you choose hospice it is understood that hope of cure is just not there, hospice will not cover:

  • Treatment intended to cure your terminal illness and/or related conditions.
  • Prescription drugs to cure your illness (rather than for symptom control or pain relief).
  • Care from any hospice provider that wasn’t set up by the hospice medical team under plan of care.
  • Room and board.
  • Care you get as a hospital outpatient (like in an emergency room), care you get as a hospital inpatient, or ambulance transportation,

Now you may ask yourself the question,”Who’s eligible?” The answer to your question is that you can get hospice care if you have Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) AND meet all of these conditions: your hospice doctor and your regular doctor or nurse practitioner certify that you’re terminally ill (you’re expected to live 6 months or less), you accept palliative care (for comfort) instead of care to cure your illness and you sign a statement choosing hospice care instead of other Medicare-covered treatments for your terminal illness and related conditions.

Factors such as other insurance you may have, how much your doctor charges, whether your doctor accepts assignment, the type of facility,where you get your test, item, or service can affect how much your specific test, item, or service will cost, so talk to your doctor or other health care provider.