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We just wanted to thank you all for taking such great care of Bob, as well as all of us. You gave him the best quality of life he could have, and you always gave him a personal touch.
I cannot thank Christian Care Hospice enough for the love and care that was given to our father. The time and effort it took to put this book together is just another example of that love and care being extended to his family; now that he is gone.
We are touched beyond measure and so grateful for you and your team’s actions, care, and compassion. We thanked God for mom and with CCC&S Fort Worth and Christian Care Hospice by our side together we sent mom home to heaven.
What is Hospice?
Hospice provides comfort and quality of life to our patients and support for the whole family. We specialize in giving compassionate care to those in the last stages of a terminal illness so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible. Hospice helps patients and family members reclaim the spirit of life. It helps them understand that even though death can lead to sadness, anger, and pain, it can also lead to opportunities for reminiscence, laughter, and creating memories.
How do I get a referral or request information?
Hospice provides services to all North Texas to individuals 18 & up. Referrals and requests for more information come from patients, families, friends, healthcare professionals, and spiritual counselors.
Who is Eligible for Hospice Care?
When medical treatments cannot cure an illness, hospice may be needed. A person may be eligible for hospice care when doctors believe they have an estimated life expectancy of six months or less and have chosen to focus on comfort care and the relief from pain and symptoms.
Where is Hospice Care Provided?
Every patient’s circumstances are unique, a fact reflected in our individualized plans of care. Our team provides services in various settings: at home, in an independent living complex, assisted living residence or skilled nursing facility, or in the hospital.
Who Pays for Hospice Care?
We are experts in seeing patients and families through this most challenging stage of life, and our services are covered 100% by Medicare and Medicaid. Most private insurers cover a portion of all our services.
The Medicare Hospice Benefit will cover 100% of services needed with a diagnosis of a terminal illness and, life expectancy is 6 months or less. This benefit is covered under Medicare Part A. Hospice is also covered under Medicaid. Private insurance or an HMO may include a hospice benefit.
Our Business Office can research your benefits and let you know the details of your coverage. We also offer a wide and flexible variety of affordable, private-pay services and an option for self-pay and charity (on a case-by-case basis).
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There are several steps involved in the end-of-life care planning process. These include:
Research. You have options when it comes to who provides hospice care for your loved one. You may choose a private nurse to administer care to your dying loved one, or they may use their Medicare benefits to pay for hospice care, although providers may be limited depending on where you live. Start your research by discussing your loved one’s condition with their primary medical doctor.
Discussion. Once you have your options narrowed down, talk to the patient if they are cognitive and aware. If they have not already stated their preferences, ask how they prefer to handle pain management and make sure you have legal documents, such as power of attorney and, if applicable, a DNR (do not resuscitate) order on hand.
Funeral planning. Planning a funeral for someone who is still alive is extremely emotional. However, as Lincoln Heritage points out, an average funeral can cost up to $9,000. If they are able to help with the planning process, this ensures that their final wishes are carried out, regardless of whether they prefer a traditional burial or alternative type of service. If your loved one is eligible for funeral expense insurance, the sooner this coverage is purchased, the better. Knowing how the funeral will be arranged – and how it will be paid for – in advance can lessen some of the emotional and financial strain that naturally goes along with death.
Provider selection. As you look over your potential providers, make sure to compare the level of service they offer and how quickly they can respond in the event of a crisis. Hospice nurse Angela Morrow explains to Verywell Health that the proximity of your providers is your number one consideration.
Hospice care is an intensive medical service provided only to those with a life expectancy that does not exceed six months. It is intended as palliative care only. Service providers, which will include a hospice physician, nurse, home health aide, chaplain, and others, are available to ease pain and improve quality of life, not to provide a cure for the patient’s condition.
As mentioned, hospice care is intended to improve quality of life. This is important for the patient since they are allowed to ease into their end days in relative comfort. However, it is also a valuable service to the family and can make it possible for the primary caregiver to receive physical, spiritual, and emotional support. Your hospice team can also help you come up with ways to make your family member even more comfortable. They may suggest a specific type of bedding, music, massage, or activities that will evoke positive emotions, such as looking at pictures of their grandchildren or listening to music from their youth.
Death is a certainty for us all. But when it is expected to come soon, hospice care can ease the burden. If you find yourself in the early stages of end-of-life care, remember that research and planning are your most powerful allies.
This is an article written by Lucille Rosetti of The Bereaved.
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