Hospice care is a special kind of care that focuses on the quality of life for people and their caregivers experiencing an advanced, life-limiting illness. Hospice care provides compassionate care for people in the last phases of incurable disease so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible.
Where Is Hospice Care Given?
Hospice agencies most often provide services in the patient’s home. Hospice care can also be supplied by free-standing or independent facilities specially designed to provide hospice care or through programs in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living centers, or other health care systems. Some hospice agencies offer both home care and care in an inpatient facility.
In-Home Hospice Care
Hospice care is primarily provided in the patient’s home. People who live in places like residential facilities, certain types of assisted living, or nursing homes can also get in-home hospice care. If a person living in one of these facilities needs hospice care, it may be considered in-home care since the facility is the patient’s home. Health insurance coverage can vary on this.
Most hospice programs offer home hospice services. Although home hospice programs are staffed by nurses, doctors, and other professionals, the primary caregiver is usually a family member or friend responsible for around-the-clock supervision of the patient.
For care given in the home, this person will need to be with the patient most of the time and be trained to provide much hands-on care. A primary caregiver is still required for the care given in another facility. Still, staff may help provide some physical care depending on the type of facility and insurance coverage for hospice services.
What Is Required for In-Home Hospice?
Home hospice requires that someone be home with the patient 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Creative scheduling and good teamwork among friends and loved ones can save the day. However, this may be a problem for people who live alone or whose partner or adult children have full-time jobs. This should not be a problem if you work with Ameriprime hospice. Our Staff Members will regularly visit to check on the patient, family, and caregivers. They will ensure that any symptoms are under control and give any needed care and services.
Why Choose In-Home Hospice?
Even when the disease continues to progress as expected, studies show that terminally ill patients who receive hospice care can live longer than similar patients who don’t receive hospice. Hospice patients gain a sense of relief and control. Regular visits from their nurse and hospice aide get pain and other symptoms under control and prevent emergency hospital visits. Being at home, surrounded by family and friends, can improve the quality of life. Chats with the team social worker or chaplain address emotional pain.
Compassionate and Caring
To handle around-the-clock needs or crises in Dallas, Richardson, Carrolton, Garland, and surrounding TX communities, Ameriprime hospice care has an on-call nurse who answers phone calls day and night, makes home visits, or sends out the team member you may need between scheduled visits. Medicare-certified hospices must provide nursing, pharmacy, and doctor services around the clock. You can contact us at (972) 787-0949 or on the contact form on our website.