In the latter months of life, hospice care provides comfort and high-quality medical attention. Hospice is a method of care, not a location. You or your loved one can get hospice care wherever you or they call home. Research indicates:
In-Home Hospice Services
- More than fifty percent of hospice patients receive care at home.
- Another 41.9% receive hospice care at a skilled nursing facility or assisted living facility.
- A small proportion of hospice patients get hospital or hospice center inpatient treatment.
Patients typically receive hospice care at home. Hospice care at home provides safety, comfort, and the opportunity to be surrounded by loved ones. The hospice care team will frequent visits to ensure your loved one's comfort and symptom control. The group offers nurse care and assistance with bathing and dressing.
Patients may also consult a spiritual counselor and a social worker for assistance with advance care planning. The care plan is personalized to your needs and those of your loved one. Medicare may pay for medical devices or supplies recommended by the hospice team if they are connected to a terminal illness.
A relative, a friend, or a caregiver supplies most daily care. The hospice team assists with your education and training and makes your job easier. In an emergency, you can call the hospice team member on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Long-Term Care Facility/Nursing Home Hospice Care
Additionally, hospice care is available in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and skilled nursing facilities. The hospice agency provides specialist hospice care on-site. Facility workers administer the remainder of the patient's daily care. There are other facilities with hospice units staffed by nurses to care for hospice patients.
A patient may get hospice care in a nursing home or facility rather than at home for various reasons. For instance:
- They have complex requirements or uncontrolled pain that does not respond to hospice care at home.
- They have no relatives, friends, or professional caregivers who can provide them with daily care.
- Their caretaker is typically unavailable due to illness, weariness, accident, or surgery.
- They choose to die in a location other than their home, typically for cultural or personal reasons.
Some hospice organizations have facilities for patients who cannot remain at home. They may also have agreements with independent hospice homes, hospitals, or residential care facilities.
Hospice centers offer hospice treatment in a soothing environment. Short-term hospice care is provided to patients in a home-like setting. A hospice center is a good option for a patient when:
Hospitalization-Based Hospice Care
- Needs around-the-clock care for a limited time
- Needs more excellent assistance in symptom management
- Lacks a caregiver who can provide the necessary care at home
- Needs respite care to provide relief for their caregiver.
Certain hospitals feature specialized hospice facilities. Some hospice teams visit patients in any unit of nursing care. Others receive hospice services from an external hospice agency. In the hospital, hospice care assists with symptoms that cannot be handled at home or in a nursing home. The objective is to control symptoms so the patient can return to a home hospice or a facility.
Contact us if you would want to learn more about hospice and your available alternatives.