10 Facts You Need to Know About Hospice

10 Facts You Need to Know About Hospice

Is hospice care the right option for you or a loved one? An interesting thing happens when Dawn Gross brings up hospice to patients or their families:

"Oh, no, we don't want that!" they often say.

"OK," says Gross, a hospice and palliative care physician in San Francisco. "Tell me exactly what you don't want, so we're sure not to give you that."

Going off to some facility, they tell her. Losing control of care. Being knocked out by morphine. Or — the clincher — giving up. When Gross assures them that hospice isn't at all like that — that two-thirds of hospice care takes place in the person's home or a long-term care facility, that the patient can still receive medical care, and that Medicare and most private health insurers pay for it in full — they often change their minds.

Home Health Services...how often is it covered?

Home Health Services...how often is it covered?

Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and/or Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers eligible home health services like these:

Usually, a home health care agency coordinates the services your doctor orders for you. 

Medicare doesn't pay for:

  • 24-hour-a-day care at home

  • Meals delivered to your home

  • Custodial or personal care (help bathing, dressing, and using the bathroom) when this is the only care you need

  • Homemaker services

Hospice At Home - What To Expect

Hospice At Home - What To Expect

Did you know that 80% of patients with a life limiting disease say they do not want to be hospitalized or put in intensive care when they are dying. With this being said, it is surprising to learn that only 25% of Americans die in their home. This seems to be because the majority of us are not aware that hospice can provide level of care needed in the home. Hospice care helps bring peace of mind to families who want to honor their loved one’s wish to remain at home.

What is it like to receive hospice care at home?

What is it like to receive hospice care at home?

What is it like to receive hospice care at home?

The experience of hospice care provided at home is not familiar to many people. To help explain how hospice helps support families providing care to a terminally ill loved one at home, here is one family’s story of receiving hospice care at home…..

What is Home Care

What is Home Care

Home care is a popular option for long-term care. Most seniors want to age in place at home, which contributes to familiarity and comfort, yet in order to keep a loved one safe at home, it requires planning and evaluation. This guide gives you a detailed understanding of in-home care options, what needs to happen to create e a dramatic, positive impact on you and your entire family.