Hospice care is a medical plan of care that concentrates on enhancing a patient’s day-to-day comfort, typically within the last 6 months of life. The focus of hospice care is geared towards improving one’s quality of life rather than curing an illness.
Its goal is to help support patients and their families as they navigate the emotional end of life journey together.
One common misconception about hospice is that it is a physical location where care is provided. While there are hospice facilities, the term hospice actually refers to a type of care that can be implemented anywhere, such as a person’s home or an assisted living facility.
Minute Women endorses the Five Wishes program if you are need need of advance care planning.
Who Provides & Pays for Hospice Care?
Medicare or Medicaid will generally cover hospice services for individuals over the age of sixty-five. For those under sixty-five, private insurance may cover hospice, although it will often cover a less expansive range of services.
Hospice is generally covered for up to eight hours of care per week by a collaborative team that can include doctors, nurses, social workers, and various aides. It can be provided by independent hospice facilities or through programs based in hospitals, nursing homes, or other healthcare organizations.
While a hospice company or program will provide a patient’s medical plan of care and invaluable support, they are generally unable to offer more than eight hours of care per week. This leaves family members with the physically and emotionally challenging demands of caring for a loved one as he or she becomes increasingly ill.
Our aides at Minute Women Home Care can help supplement those hours hospice workers cannot be there. This allows family members to spend more quality time with their loved ones while giving them the space they need to process the overwhelming loss they are about to face. Our caregivers are here to help with any number of hours needed throughout the day or night.
Our hospice services include:
- Mobility assistance, such as helping one move from a wheelchair to a bed
- Medication management & reminders
- Administering pre-filled medication
- Support & respite care for family members
- Providing fluids whenever needed
- Hand and foot rubs
- Bathroom assistance
- Light house cleaning
- Meal preparation and cleanup
- Help with bathing or showering
- Assistance with many other activities of daily living
Our hospice services focus on improving the lives of both patients and family members by helping to keep patients comfortable and cared for while providing family members with respite care.
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