There are many senior care options that relatives and caregivers must face and consider. Hospice care, also known as "end of life care," is one such option. This type of care is provided by both volunteers and health professionals who offer psychological, medical, and spiritual support.
Hospice care is usually provided for a patient who is expected to live for six months or less and can take place in a skilled nursing facility, a hospital, at a hospice care center, or at the patient's home. Your doctor or social worker will be able to recommend the best hospice care option for your loved one, and should provide you with a list of recommended hospice providers.
When choosing a hospice, be sure to ask how long the hospice has been in business, whether they accept payment from Medicare and Medicaid, and whether financial help is available in the even that you may need it. You should also find out details about whether or not services are provided after hours, and which hospitals and other care facilities the hospice routinely works with. The hospice facility should be happy to take the time to answer these and any other questions that you may have in relation to your care or the care of your loved one.
Hospice care is typically provided by Medicaid Hospice Benefit, Medicare Hospice Benefit, and through private insurers. When a person does not have enough coverage, the hospice will work with the person and or family to make sure that necessary services are provided. Most hospice care services are covered by Medicare and more than 90% of hospices in the United States are Medicare certified and 80% of hospice patients are over the age of 65, which makes them eligible for the Medicare Hospice Benefit.
Individuals are deemed \eligible for Medicare Hospice Benefits if they meet all of the following conditions: eligibility for Medicare Part A, doctor and hospice director's certification that the patient has a life limited illness, and if they choose to receive care from a Medicare approved hospice program. Patients and/or their families are typically only financially responsible for a portion of the cost of outpatient drugs and inpatient respite care.
To learn more about hospice care options for yourself or someone in your care, speak with your doctor as soon as possible. Hospice care provides many important services, including medical supplies, and grief counseling support to help you and your family cope during this difficult time.