There are many myths surrounding hospice care, but it’s important to clear up confusion since many families require hospice at some point. The thing to remember is that hospice care is nothing to be feared, and it can offer great help and peace during the final stages of life.
What is Hospice Care?
Hospice is a holistic approach to caring for a terminally ill person. It involves a team of caring, trained individuals who are available 24 hours a day. They provide pain management, medical attention and emotional and spiritual support. In addition to providing support to the patient, hospice caregivers also offer care and compassion to the family members as they say goodbye to their loved one.
How is Hospice Care Different?
You may wonder how hospice is different than the care your loved one has been receiving this entire time. Hospice allows nature to take its course. It does not prolong the experience of suffering, and it does not put off the end. The only medications given are those that will make the patient comfortable. The goal is to make the most of the final days, keep the patient comfortable and provide support to the family while letting the body shut down naturally.
Who Can Receive Hospice Care?
Anyone can receive hospice care when they have been given six months or less to live by a doctor, and they have verified that they do not want to pursue curative treatment.
Where Do I Find Hospice Care?
Your loved one’s doctor will make a referral to hospice. Hospice care will then come to you. Caregivers go to nursing homes, hospitals or people’s homes. They create a care plan for your loved one and work together to make the end of life process as comfortable and fulfilling as possible. Remember, hospice care offers spiritual and emotional support, so don’t be afraid to ask questions or request certain services.
Who Pays for Hospice?
Hospice is generally covered by Medicare. There are other types of health plans that may pay for hospice as well. If your loved one does not have Medicare or health insurance, many hospice programs offer free services and can offer the support your family needs.