Why you might consider Hospice?
Where there is no hope for cure, there is a greater need for support for physical, spiritual and emotional pain. Hospice doctors and nurses are well trained in the latest medications for pain and symptom management. The hospice team also included the services of occupational and physical therapists that help patients try to retain their mobility. They also included the services of trained specialists in art therapy, music therapy, massage treatment and diet counseling. The hospice team also instructs family members on simple nursing techniques to help reduce pain.
Hospice is very successful in pain control and with the best counseling, therapies and medications most patients are very comfortable.
Hospice relies heavily on the services of volunteers who help the family caregivers by doing their shopping or picking up the prescriptions and other such odd but import jobs. They also offer companionship. This is a voluntary service that many seniors who have retired in the US provide.
Hospices also have respite care workers who are usually trained volunteers. They take charge of the patient’s care for a few hours so that the primary caregiver can leave the house during that time.
Another important aspect of hospice care is that it does not separate a patient from their family. The family experiences the dying process of their loved one in a caring environment that has a therapeutic effect on them too. It helps them come to terms with their own natural fear of death or separation.
Hospice doctors work in close consultation with the patient’s own physician in deciding on the course of medical and palliative care. Hospices serve a broad community and do not require the patient to follow any particular belief.
Hospices are generally less expensive than conventional care during the final phase of life since it does not involve much high-cost technology. Since hospice services are mostly provided at home, hospital charges can be excluded. Though, Medicare and many insurance companies provide financial support to patients with a prognosis of a maximum of six-months, in case the terminally ill patient lives for longer than that period, then the hospice physician must issue a certificate that the patient is still terminally ill. In that case, Medicare coverage is generally renewed for 60-day periods.