When an individual is seriously ill or unable to provide self-care, nothing is more comforting that having a caregiver who is patient, loving, and who has the care recipient’s best interest in mind. However, most people would agree that caring for an ill person for an extended period can result in a caregiver neglecting his or her own care. Family caregivers often experience stress, illness, and burnout after months or years of self-neglect, which is why hospice care is such an important service for families.
When should families consider hospice care?
Hospice care may be an appropriate option when a life-limiting illness results in multiple hospitalizations, or when a health care provider has told you or a loved one that a condition is progressing, and there is no cure. Hospice care should be considered when caregiver burnout or declining health means that an individual can no longer provide effective care for a terminally-ill loved one.
What you should know before you look for hospice care?
It’s not difficult to set up hospice care, once the physician makes a referral for hospice care. Care begins within a day or two after the referral.
Hospice agencies offer care at home, in long-term care facilities, and at hospice centers.
Hospice care is typically covered by Medicaid and Medicare. Most private insurances also cover hospice care.
Hospice care is not meant to cure the person receiving care. Hospice provides compassionate care and pain management that enables families and their ill loved ones to make the most of their time together.
Hospice also cares for the family. Hospice staff and volunteers can offer tips for reducing stress, link families to resources, and provide bereavement counseling.
Our hospice service offers on-call care 24 hours-a-day. A nurse can visit the home to provide assistance with medical issues, and volunteers are available to sit with a loved one while family members run errands or take needed breaks.