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How Does Home Hospice Work?

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It is an unfortunate fact of life that every life must ultimately come to an end. This fact is extremely difficult to confront but everyday people all over the world are facing such a reality with courage and grace. This is helped in part by the aid, love and support of family members and professional caregivers who serve to lighten the load and make hospice situations calm and comfortable. Someone’s final days are precious and pivotal moments for the hospice patient and also for the family and friends who have been touched by their lives. For this reason, having the best support system, knowledge and home medical equipment are crucial in this final phase. Read on to learn more about home hospice care works and how to prepare for such a situation.

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Learn About Home Hospice

What Exactly Is Hospice Care?

Hospice care is ideal if you or a loved one is terminally ill, and the doctor believes your situation may take a dire turn in six months or less. The elderly use hospice care the most, but you can also opt for the service if you do not want to undergo treatment. For instance, some cancer patients prefer not to undergo the rigors of chemotherapy and surgery. You can receive hospice care in your preferred setting, such as in a nursing home, hospital, hospice facility, or in your own home. At-home hospice patients tend to have a more satisfying experience because they are with their loved ones in a setting they find comforting.

Hospice is not solely about those who are incapacitated or bedbound. Basically, in-home hospice locations are decided based on wherever a patient calls home and is highly dependent on their wishes. Often, the family house, a care center for long-term patients, a group for aged care or in retirement/assisted living facilities, is where hospice commonly takes place. Your chosen hospice professionals will often visit at most once a day or a handful of times per month, based on specific requirements and advice of physicians.

Beginning The Home Hospice Experience

Your palliative care team takes into account all the professional and personal feedback to create the patient’s care plan. This includes combined insight from the patient and family, from the doctors and from the overall medical assessment. The strategy is reviewed and updated on the basis of the clinical history during regular discussions. Best of all, the core of the care team is the patient and relatives. You are often the final word on what you want and need; the team is looking to share clinical data with you so that they know how to take care of you best.

A primary caregiver and a home hospice service team will work together to keep the patient comfortable. The primary caregiver will be in touch with the patient at all times, assisting them with their daily needs.

Your primary caregiver can be a friend, family member, or anyone else you trust. The caregiver will collaborate with you and the hospice team to create a care plan that satisfies your medical needs and other requirements.

Your caregiver will handle your feeding, bathing, exercising, and other forms of physical care. They will also provide around-the-clock supervision and record your symptoms. Sharing your recorded symptoms with the hospice team is essential for tailoring your care to match your changing medical needs.

The hospice team handles the patient’s health care. The complete care group typically consists of doctors, nurses, clergy, social workers, counselors, dietitians, therapists, and other professionals.

The hospice doctor or medical director will be the lead that handles your medical needs. Other medical professionals, such as the primary care physician, will provide specialized care under the palliative care doctor’s supervision.

During your home care, hospice nurses check in frequently and can be reached 24/7 via phone for emergencies. Other auxiliary hospice team members will check on you as necessary.

Hospice Care At Home: Functions And Caregiver Provisions

Most people prefer home hospice to inpatient care. The quality of care provided at home will not be less than what a nursing home, hospice facility, or hospital offers. In-home care includes providing emotional support and palliative care to minimize symptoms.

Firstly, the patient is formally referred to palliative care after the required documents are exchanged and admission instructions are issued. To discuss health history, current physical symptoms and life expectancy, the care team meets with the physician and the hospice lead. This is what most patients can expect during the process:

  • A visit with the chaplain/advocate or social worker to apply emotional, psychosocial and moral aspects of the treatment plan
  • Daily visits by individual team members are planned
  • The installation of any required home medical equipment
  • Any prescriptions or medication provisions that are required are scheduled out and delivered
  • Recurring updates to assist you in handling the symptoms as they occur and if you have a concern or want to arrange special or emergency visits.

Your primary caregiver will receive training on how to provide hands-on care to keep you safe and comfortable. The family caregiver will attend to your needs around-the-clock and can schedule other people to help with your care. The hospice staff will regularly visit to provide medical support and ensure your symptoms are under control.

As symptoms evolve, the hospice team will re-evaluate treatment to ensure you are getting the best care at all times.

Preparing Your Care Space For Home Hospice Treatment

Most hospice or palliative care patients have restricted movement capability and may also have a difficult time getting in and out of a regular bed. That’s why specially designed beds such as our luxury hospital bed for homes are so highly regarded. Patients will greatly benefit from having a hospital bed in situations like this. Luxury hospital beds are electronically controlled and made of hospital grade materials in order to make it considerably safer and easier for the patient to receive treatment. SoonerCare also provides other types of medical equipment like stand assist chairs and items needed to aid and protect hospice patients.

Also, the chosen area for treatment is one of the most crucial components of home hospice care among other specific medical equipment and supply considerations. The room for your hospice care at home must accommodate your medical and physical needs. The room should have the following features:

  • Proper ventilation: ensures you get as much fresh air as possible 
  • Space: a clutter-free area for your hospital bed and other medical equipment
  • Easy bathroom access: whether by wheelchair, gurney, or other devices that assist with mobility 
  • Accurate climate control: to ensure the temperature stays comfortable
  • Hospital bed and lift chair amenities: to aid in the sleeping and day to day comfort and posture of patients 

Accommodation and Payment For Home Hospice Care

Depending on your location, age, occupation, and other factors, you can opt for one of the following to cover your home hospice care:

  • Medicare Hospice Benefit
  • Veterans’ Administration (VA) benefits 
  • Provincial health care plans (Canada)

If you do not qualify for either of the above, you can get a private health insurance plan. Before choosing an insurance plan, verify how much coverage the insurer is willing to offer and the plan’s other terms and conditions.

Those who don’t have insurance or whose policy cannot cover home hospice services can pay for hospice care out of pocket. Alternatively, you could receive care from a hospice organization that offers care at no cost or a reduced rate. There are a number of nationally recognized hospitals that offer hospice services and you can contact their hospice coordinator and find out if they will accept your coverage or offer flexible solutions. In many cases, they will find a custom solution. You can also contact your local government agencies to see if any of them participate in any such programs.

Those who are personally unable to pay by any common methods themselves may still be able to qualify for it if they have a partner or relative that has quality coverage. Many families prefer their loved ones to receive home hospice care because they want to be there with them providing comfort and support. Do a thorough investigation and never feel that you are unable to receive funds for hospice care. A solution exists for everyone in some form no matter what your circumstances.

If you need help ordering luxury home hospital products for your home hospice space, contact SonderCare and of course, talk to your doctor. There are tax exemptions and special savings available to those requiring certain hospital products. Please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Frequently Asked Questions about Home Hospice

A popular misunderstanding about hospice care is that a location is a hospice itself. Hospice is not really a physical position, but a concept of holistic treatment that focuses not only on offering support to terminally ill patients, but also to caregivers, family, and friends of the patient comfort and respect. While hospice care can be given at an inpatient facility if the situation of your loved one requires it, most hospice care is given anywhere your loved one is comfortable.

A hospice programme offers hospice care. The team of health care practitioners from the hospice service will collaborate with the primary caregiver (usually a family member) of the patient to provide support and care 24 hours each day, 7 days per week.

Hospice care supports you and your relatives in your final days to help with the transition from illness treatment to living life as completely as possible. It can include the following: Medical visits for checkups at your home, Home health assistants to assist with washing and other regular care needs, special medical equipment required to keep you comfortable, such as a hospital bed, oxygen, walker or wheelchair. It also involves social work, dpiritual support chaplains and medications to help sustain your comfort. Physical therapy, diet therapy, counselling, massage as well as art or music therapy are all common in the hospice experience.

Related Home Hospice Resources
Home Hospice Statistics
  • According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll , 7 in 10 Americans say they would prefer to die at home. (khn.org)
  • According to Medicare data, for-profit hospice agencies now outnumber the nonprofits that pioneered the service in the 1970s. (khn.org)According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Association, hospice is now a $19 billion industr
  • y, funded largely by taxpayers. (khn.org)According to Medicare data, for-profit hospice agencies now outnumber the nonprofits that pioneered the service in the 1970s. (khn.org)
  • The nation’s hospices serve more than 1.5 million people every year and their family caregivers, as well, according to Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State The focus with hospice is caring, not curing. (pathwayshealth.org)

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