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