A person can get end-of-life services if they have a terminal illness, and they only have about six months or less to live. The patient can choose where they want to be taken care of. If they prefer to spend the rest of their lives with loved ones, they can opt to get care from the comfort of their home.
Patients may also get hospice care services in an assisted living facility or a hospital. Here at Hospice of North America, we provide comprehensive hospice services that include the following:
- Routine Home Care – When you or a loved one has a terminal illness, but without any acute symptoms, your physician may assign you to routine home care. It is the most common method of care that can be administered at home or in a hospice care facility in North Alabama. You’ll have regular visits and 24-hour access to our registered nurses to assist you in emergencies. You’ll also get complete medication and a diet from our physicians and dietitians. For your day-to-day activities, our volunteers and social workers can visit your home whenever you need them.
- Inpatient Care – If you need to stay in a hospital to manage your symptoms and severe pain, then inpatient hospice care will be best for you. You’ll have the same privileges as routine home care. You’ll also have a nurse round-the-clock to make sure you eat, take medications, and get treatments on time. Their duties also include recording your vital signs and providing emotional support. Inpatient care is often short-term, so you may be free to transfer to your home or facility once the pain and other symptoms subside.
- Continuous Care – If you’re still experiencing acute symptoms at home, we can give you continuous home care (CHC). It entails having our staff stationed in your home 24 hours a day to provide care. Like inpatient care, this is often short-term. CHC, according to Medicare, should only be done at a time of medical crisis.
- Respite Care – It’s perfectly normal to feel tired and stressed when you’re caring for someone ill. If you want to give your caregivers a break and unwind for a few days, we can provide you with respite care in a long-term care facility. Medicare can cover hospice service costs for up to five consecutive days. The subsequent days or weeks will be billed by the hour.
A Look at the Benefits
Medical insurance may cover some of your hospice bills. Medicare says that if you have Part A insurance, your doctor declared that you’re terminally ill and you signed a statement saying that you choose to get hospice or palliative care instead of other treatments, you’re eligible for their benefit. They can cover everything from your prescription drugs to short-term inpatient care. However, they won’t foot the bill for prescription drugs that are outside of your symptom control and pain relief essentials. Medicaid’s eligibility requirements and coverage for hospice care are the same. It’s best to use both providers to get better compensation.