Hospice Care Plans
Every hospice care experience is different, and not just because of the range of illnesses we help people deal with. An individual’s approach to their own care is as unique as their medical needs and wherever possible, it is the patient’s needs (physical, emotional, and spiritual) that are at the center of our philosophy.
We recommend starting the conversation about hospice care as early as possible. Although it is generally said to apply in the last six months of life, creating a personalized hospice care plan can help reduce stress and improve quality of life much earlier.
Why plan for hospice?
Patients, caregivers, and families can be made aware of the options and understand what is likely to happen, what the costs will be (if any- hospice is widely covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance programs), and what help will be available.
Having a plan reduces uncertainty and fear for patients and caregivers alike, and often people are only aware of a small fraction of the total support we can offer. Each part of our team of nurses and hospice aides, local community volunteers, counselors, spiritual caregivers, and doctors can have something to contribute to the plan.
The process of making a hospice care plan also provides a chance for the patient’s voice to be heard. It can provide a framework to help people talk through difficult subjects and clear the air.
If you or someone you love needs to talk about a hospice care plan, get in touch. Even if it’s not time for hospice yet, we can help.