10 Things to Know About Hospice and Hospice Home Care

By: rebecca2009


1. Hospice care is provided to terminally ill individuals and their families. The focus of hospice is care, not cure. Think of it as subset of palliative care. It is a program of supportive care services providing physical, psychological, social, and spiritual care for dying persons, their families and loved ones.
2. Most hospice services are available in both the home and in-patient settings. Hospice home care is provided either on a part time, intermittent, regularly scheduled, or around the clock basis.
3. In the United States, hospice patients have received a terminal diagnosis and generally have less than six months to live.
4. According to the Hospice foundation of America, there are over 3000 hospices in the United States. Approximately two-thirds of hospice patients are over age 65.
5. Hospice care is a covered benefit under Medicare and is funded by Medicaid in at least 36 states.
6. Caring for a dying person at home may have its rewards, but is not for everyone.
7. People receiving home hospice care do not necessarily die sooner than those receiving traditional hospital care.
8. Home hospice tries to support the family's traditional strengths and coping skills in the face of a crisis.
9. Hospice care and caring do not cease when the patient dies. Hospice bereavement support continues.
10. Home health agencies are generally considered functionally the type of healthcare provider closest to hospice, but there are some crucial differences between typical home health agency services and true hospice care.
Hospice programs don't and can't expect patients to be accepting of their dying. However, it is hoped that the patients and families will learn to trust and benefit from the hospice team.
Rebecca Sharp Colmer, CSA, is a Certified Senior Advisor, as recognized by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. The national organization has trained over 14,000 professionals across the country. As an Elder Care Advocate she has taken the educational initiative to become a professional leader in meeting the key needs and vital issues concerning senior citizens. Visit http://www.meandmycaregivers.com to learn more.

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Rebecca Sharp Colmer, CSA, is a Certified Senior Advisor, as recognized by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. The national organization has trained over 14,000 professionals across the country. As an Elder Care Advocate she has taken the educational initiative to become a professional leader in meeting the key needs and vital issues concerning senior citizens. In addition, she is a nationally recognized author, publisher, and speaker. She is also a caregiver.She is the creator of www.MeAndMyCaregivers.com, communications hub for everyone on the caregiving team. She is also the creator of the Family Caregiver Starter Kit, which contains useful resources, forms, information, statistics, ideas, suggestions, and checklists to help caregivers not only care for others, but for themselves as well.

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