01 Oct Four Things You Need To Know About Hospice Care
1. What is Hospice Care vs. Palliative Care?
Hospice care is focused on care and comfort as opposed to moving towards curative treatment. Palliative care is symptom and pain management care, coinciding with both hospice care and curative care.
2. Is There a Time Limit Someone Can Be On Hospice Care?
It is a common misconception that Hospice care only lasts 6 months. Insurance benefits for hospice care usually require a projected life expectancy of 6 to 12 months. However, coverage does not end after that pre-determined number of months. There is no time limit someone can be on hospice care. It is also possible to be taken off hospice care, and put back on at a different time.
3. Is Hospice Care, Free?
As long as the required criteria are met, most insurance companies and Medicare benefits cover the cost of hospice care. In addition to insurance benefits, there are donations and foundation gifts which assist patients who cannot afford the out-of-pocket expenses.
4. How Can Hospice Improve My Loved One’s Quality of Life?
Hospice care is more than pain management. Although it is medical care; it can also be psychological and spiritual support for the patient and family members. The goal is to give the patient comfort and dignity during their end of life care. At A Helping Hand Homecare, our caregivers are trained to handle a patient’s end of life care with respect and kindness. In addition to our caregiver training, our Client Care Managers always make sure to incorporate any spiritual and comfort requests into the care plan.
If you have more questions about hospice care in the greater Seattle area, we’d be honored to answer any questions. Reach out to one of our highly trained caregiver managers in Bothell, Tacoma or Seattle.