8 SIGNS IT MAY BE TIME FOR HOSPICE CARE
Many of us assume we’ll always have a little more time with our aging parents or grandparents. Even when our loved ones are in the late stage of a serious illness, medical treatments may offer hope for longer life. But medicine can only take us so far.
EIGHT SIGNS IT MAY BE TIME FOR HOSPICE
Where To Begin
Patients often say quality of life is more important than how long they’ll live. An important first step is having clear and honest conversations about the kind care you want. Talk to your family, your doctor and others you trust. Comfort care does not mean you’re giving up. It is support centered on your needs so you can focus on having the best quality of life possible.
FINDING THE RIGHT CARE
Making medical decisions during times of urgent need can be stressful. Try to find some quiet time to think about your needs and goals. When you have a better understanding about your own priorities, you can be bold about sharing those with health care providers.
MEDICARE AND VETERANS BENEFITS
Coverage includes nurses, other caregivers, medicines, supplies and equipment, with no out-of-pocket expenses for the hospice diagnosis.
Hospice eligibility under Medicare requires that an individual is entitled to Medicare Part A and a doctor determines life expectancy is six months or less, if the terminal illness runs its normal course. Patients must forgo treatment for their terminal illness, but may continue all other medical treatments.
If you have a Medicare Advantage plan and choose hospice, you are eligible to receive care through Medicare Part A. This does not mean you are required to drop your Medicare Advantage plan. Hospice and Medicare Advantage plans.
End-of-life care is part of the Veterans Health Administration benefits package. Expenses for hospice-related services or enrolled veterans are covered at 100 percent.
Starting, stopping or transferring care
No one wants hospice too early. Remember that you have the option to end hospice and restart curative care at any time. People also have the option to transfer to a new care provider.
Palliative care options
Palliative care is an option for those seeking to reduce the symptoms, side effects and anxiety of a serious illness. Patients are not required to forego medical treatments to cure their illness. They receive care to reduce pain, other symptoms and the sometimes debilitating side effects of medical treatments.
Palliative care often includes goals of care conversations and advance care planning to provide a roadmap for future health care decision-making that can reduce stress on both patients and family members.
Starting hospice or palliative care
Call us at (281) 651-2268.
Complete a referral. Anyone can make a referral. Our admissions coordinator will promptly contact all responsible parties to plan consultations or patient assessments.
Our admission team works directly with families and healthcare professionals on a personal care plan. We bring hospice care to wherever the patient calls home, whether in a private home, nursing home or long-term care community.