How to Determine If Hospice Care Is Needed
It can be very difficult for family members to determine when their loved one needs to be in a Hospice program. In general, when curative treatments are no longer available, it is time to consider Hospice Care. Hospice Care provides many services such as physician and nursing care, medications for pain control and symptom management (palliative care), multiple therapies for physical ailments, medical equipment and supplies, respite care, dietician counseling, personal hygiene, light housekeeping assistance, spiritual consultation and even support and counseling for the patient and family.
Why Tender Care Hospice
Tender Care Hospice has the knowledge, resources and expertise to review Hospice Care guidelines with you and assist in determining your loved one's eligibility. Our staff can also give you suggestions for things you can do to help improve the individual’s quality of life and advise you on things to avoid. We will help guide you through symptoms from their illness and other issues such as depression so that you will know how to handle each circumstance as it arises.
Choosing hospice care allows patients to live in the comfort of their own home (or wherever they are residing at the time) and gives their families the opportunity to spend more quality time with them while still ensuring they are receiving professional and compassionate care.
Coping With End-Of-Life Experiences
Coping with the eventual loss of a loved one is not easy, however Tender Care Hospice will do everything we can to help ease your burden by providing physical, emotional, medical and spiritual support, both to the patient and to your family. The Tender Care Hospice team consists of doctors, nurses, CNA’s (Certified Nursing Assistants), social workers, chaplains, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, dieticians and even volunteers from the community.
Licensed, Insured and Bonded
Tender Care Hospice is licensed, insured and bonded. This protects the patient against accidents or other legal liabilities that might occur while the patient is receiving care. Although Tender Care Hospice does not anticipate any legal issues arising during the course of performing care services, in the event that they do, choosing a licensed, insured and bonded hospice agency ensures that the patient is in no way liable.
Paying for Hospice Care
Hospice Care payment is covered by Medicare, Part A. In general, most people get Part A automatically when they turn 65. They do not have to pay a premium because they or a spouse paid Medicare taxes while working. If the individual isn’t eligible for premium-free Part A, they may be able to buy Part A. Part A covers 100% of hospice expenses. In addition, hospice is covered by Medicaid and most private insurance plans, HMO’s, and managed care plans.
To be eligible for Hospice Care an individual must have been diagnosed with a terminal/life-limiting illness. The patient's attending physician must certify that the patient has a life expectancy of six months or less if the illness runs its normal course; however please do not be confused by this "six month" life expectancy window as there is NO time limit to the hospice benefit as long as the primary diagnosis has not changed.
How To Get Started
Tender Care Hospice can assist you in determining your options for paying for Hospice Care. Simply Contact Us and we will walk you through the process.
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more details regarding Tender Care Hospice and our services.