When is Hospice Care the Most Useful?

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More and more families are choosing hospice care for their loved ones, as an end of life care option of caring. For this reason, the hospice care industry has quadrupled since 2000. Most likely this boom in the use of hospice care is because of the understanding of hospice care as a viable treatment option for terminally ill patients. This care is tailored to end of life care helping to keep patients as comfortable as possible. It is designed to aid someone during their end-stage of life, in order to let the person increase their quality of life and get the most out of the last moments that the person has on earth. It also benefits family members who would be primary caregivers, and offers care options to include receiving care from a team of professionals who will help assist the patient and the family regularly during the patient’s last days of life.

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice Care is the specialized medical care for someone with a terminal illness, whereby the care is specifically designed to address the patient’s current medical untreatable symptoms and pain management. By ensuring that the patient is as comfortable as possible, the patient is more relaxed and can die with dignity during the person’s last days. Patients enter this hospice care status voluntarily and if they are unable to make the decision, their power of attorney (or family member responsible for the person’s care decisions) makes that decision for the patient in a compassionate way. Hospice is warranted when someone has six months or less to live and all treatment options have stopped working, or when the patient has chosen not to have additional treatments based on a terminal illness.  

When to Start Hospice Care?

Hospice care is available at any time of a patient’s treatment process. Generally, it all starts with a conversation between the patient, medical professionals and the patient’s family. Each hospice care plan is different as each patient requires different types of end of life care options. Some patients will need a social worker or a chaplain, while others just will have a physician or nurse on hand to assist in the performing of daily life care. Hospice care is usually a six-month or less process, however some people do live longer than that period, and hospice care is able to continue for as long as needed in those cases.

Why Hospice Care is Beneficial to Patients

The overall goal of hospice care is to reduce the stress associated with caring for a family member with a terminal illness, and to keep patients out of the hospital and in a familiar and comfortable setting as the person experiences the end of days. Hospice care is a viable option for patients and their families facing a loved one’s end of life. Also, most insurers as well as Medicaid and Medicare (and private insurance companies) cover the expenses associated with hospice care, whereby there is no financial burden on the patient’s family to use hospice care programs to support the family in caring for a terminally ill family member.

Find Out More About Hospice Care Today

If you’re interested in learning more about hospice care services and payment options, contact Ameriprime Hospice today by calling 1-800-899-9790.