End of Life Care/Hospice

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How to decide if hospice care is right for your parent, your family, and your bank accounts.

There are various options for assistance with caring for a loved one nearing the end of life. At this time treatments for a person's disease may stop, but their care needs will continue. Typically it is of primary concern to ensure the person is as comfortable as possible and that any emotional and psychological needs are being addressed. Also of great importance are the needs of the family members for support during this time. Many individuals at this stage in life opt for the assistance of hospice. Hospice is a comprehensive holistic service for individuals with a life-limiting illness. The goal of hospice care is to offer palliative medical care, or pain management, and address the emotional and spiritual aspects of end-of-life with compassion and dignity. Additionally, hospice provides support to the entire family. Individuals can enroll in hospice if they have a life expectancy of six months or less and are not participating in any curative treatments. Below are additional facts about hospice care.

  • Your loved one will have a hospice team made up of the doctor, nurse, social worker, chaplain, certified nursing assistant and home health aides. There is 24-hour access to support.
  • An individual can receive hospice services at home, in a hospice care center, or in a nursing home.
  • Anyone can make a referral to hospice. If you think it may be appropriate for your loved one you can discuss this with him or her and offer to call a hospice. This can be a difficult step because it acknowledges end of life, however many families find the benefits and supports are extremely helpful during this time.
  • Hospice covers medical supplies such as a hospital bed, walker, wheelchair, incontinence supplies and other supplies that may be needed.
  • Family members will receive information and assistance, as well as grief and bereavement counseling and support groups. These services are available in the year following your loved one's passing.
  • Hospice offers a variety of supplemental services such as music or pet therapy, last wishes fulfilled, support groups and other end-of-life quality opportunities to ease and comfort your loved one and you.
  • Hospice cost is covered under Medicare Part A; however, the cost of room and board at a nursing home or hospice care center is not covered by Medicare. Medicaid, long-term care insurance and other types of private insurance may also cover hospice care.
  • There are many types of hospices and they can be for-profit and non-profit organizations. Your senior care advisor can help you find one that will fit your family's needs.
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End of Life Care and Hospice Resources By State
Alabama - Hospice Many resources and services are available to Alabama seniors who need end-of-life. These resources can empower you to make your loved one's passing as comfortable as possible. Hospice...
Alaska - Hospice End-of-life care planning is a difficult and often emotional process for families and individuals. Being properly informed eases the stress of this difficult time. Hospice Care When...
Arizona - Hospice End-of-life care preparation is tough and can be fraught with deep emotions as it becomes clear that such arrangements must be made soon. These delicate times can be made a bit easier...
Arkansas-Hospice Although many people prefer to not discuss end-of-life matters, it is something that will bring you and your loved ones peace of mind and comfort. While there is little you can do to...
California - Hospice When a family begins to think about end-of-life care for a terminally ill loved one, comfort becomes a high priority when a cure is not possible. Families often dread planning for...
Colorado - Hospice When it comes to end-of-life planning, most people would rather just ignore the whole process because it is so emotionally draining. But if you can think of preparing for end of life...
Connecticut - Hospice Care Hospice Care When an elderly loved one receives a life-limiting diagnosis, many families consider Hospice to make their loved one comfortable. Hospice provides palliative care,...
Delaware - Hospice Care Planning for end-of-life care is never easy, but if a family is able to develop a care plan that matches their needs, they will be able to focus more on celebrating the life of...
Florida - Hospice Many families find end-of-life planning difficult at best, but preparing can ease some of the stress during this difficult time. Hospice Hospice care neither hastens nor postpones...
Georgia - Hospice It is often tough to come to terms with an elderly family member's declining health and that they may need long-term care for the final portion of their life. The best way to reduce...
Hawaii - Hospice End-of-life planning can be fraught with emotions for families and individuals. Although it may be challenging to even think about the subject, preparing your family (and sometimes the...
Idaho - Hospice According to the National Hospice Foundation, Americans are more willing to discuss sex with their children than discuss end-of-life care with their parents. It is understandable why people...
Illinois - Hospice Illinois is a state with a unique sensitivity to end-of-life care and there are many hospices and resources at residents' disposal. Review of the resources below will prepare you...
Indiana - Hospice Hospice Hospice is one of the most common end-of-life care options available for seniors with a life limiting diagnosis. Hospice focuses more on patient comfort than on medical treatment....
Iowa - Hospice When a loved one receives a diagnosis of six months or less to live, families often begin thinking about end-of-life care. While the decision is emotional and distressing for all, making...
Kansas - Hospice The nearing end of a loved one's life is never an easy subject to think about. These times are extremely emotional, but the best way to avoid stress during this tough time is to be...
Kentucky - Hospice Hospice is the most common long term option for end-of-life care. In a hospice facility the staff works around the clock to keep their residents as comfortable and positive as possible....
Louisiana - Hospice Making end-of-life preparations for a loved one is always an emotional and stressful time. Planning may seem daunting but if you can do it, the time you put in now will give you extra...
Maine Hospice Care Hospice is the philosophy of comfortable care for individuals and families during the end-of-life process. Rather than focusing on aggressive medical treatment, hospice care focuses...
Maryland - Hospice Care Hospice Care Typically, families will choose of Hospice Care for a loved one if no treatment or "cure" can further help them and they have been given a life-limiting...
Massachusetts - Hospice Care Hospice Care When an individual has a life limiting diagnosis with six months or less to live, a family may consider hospice care. Hospice does not provide treatment, but...
Michigan-Hospice Michigan is a state which respects seniors' right to make decisions about end-of-life care and is home to more than 100 hospice facilities. Read on to learn more about hospice and...
Minnesota - Hospice Talking about end-of-life care is emotional and distressing, but it really helps a family cope if they make plans as early as possible. Talk about your loved one's wishes and explore...
Mississippi - Hospice When end-of-life preparations are necessary for a family member, few people want to spend that time looking into care options. Early decisions about end-of-life wishes and care options...
Missouri - Hospice Preparing a loved one's end-of-life care is distressing at best, but careful and early planning will help ensure that your loved one is comfortable and receives the type of care...
Montana - Hospice When a family hears a loved one has received a life limiting diagnosis, their most important tool in such an emotional time is careful preparation. A family that discusses end-of-life...
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Nebraska - Hospice When end-of-life care becomes necessary for a loved one, families find their stress reduced if they have a plan for this kind of care in place. Although it is never easy to discuss...
Nevada - Hospice For some families there comes a time in an elderly loved one's life when end-of-life preparations must be made. During these often emotionally charges times, careful and early planning...
New Hampshire - Hospice Care The aging process can be quite taxing, but especially when end-of-life care arrangements must be made. Hospice care, the most common end-of-life care strategy, places a focus...
New Jersey - Hospice Care Many people choose not to discuss end-of-life topics because it is a difficult issue to raise, but the more you have in place with your family member now, the easier the transition...
New Mexico - Hospice Contemplating end-of-life care plans for a loved one is emotionally exhausting. If you can prepare for it and have a plan in place when your loved one actually needs this kind of...
New York - Hospice Care Hospice Care When a loved one receives a life-limiting diagnosis from a doctor, a family's attention often shifts from aggressive medical treatment to making the end of life...
North Carolina - Hospice With the aging process comes many difficult, but essential, conversations. One of these is about your loved one's wishes for end-of-life care. Hospice Care Hospice is one...
North Dakota - Hospice When a family is struggling with a life-limiting diagnosis of a loved one, they rarely have the time or energy for the necessary task of researching care options. If you can do...
Ohio-Hospice Learning your loved one has a terminal illness can be overwhelming. Most people try to avoid confronting this sobering reality and do not engage in discussions about end of life care, but...
Oklahoma - Hospice In some cases, families have to make end-of-life care plans as a loved one ages, but the process can be distressing and stressful. But a family who makes these plans early will experience...
Oregon - Hospice End-of-life care is poses an immense challenge. The emotional rollercoaster of caring for a terminally ill loved one is difficult to prepare for and is only made more difficult by the...
Pennsylvania - Hospice Care Hospice Care With Hospice care, patients have complete control over their care program, and the type of care they receive is carried out in accordance with their personal...
Rhode Island - Hospice Care Hospice Care It is always extremely difficult to see a loved one age, and it is even harder to begin discussing end-of-life preparation. Conversations regarding end-of-life...
South Carolina - Hospice Few families even think of end-of-life care plans until the need for one is imminent. But if you can do some advance planning, the process will actually be easier on your family....
South Dakota - Hospice The aging process is often a highly stressful time, especially when end-of-life care plans must be made. But being prepared will bring benefits for your family. A family who understands...
Tennessee - Hospice Hospice When a senior receives a life-limiting diagnosis, some families find the best care plan suddenly changes from aggressive medical treatment to comfort. End of life care, especially...
Texas - Hospice Believe it or not, planning end-of-life care for a loved one can ease your distress in the long run. Taking the time to find out different care options and to discuss your loved one's...
Utah - Hospice End-of-life care planning can be a difficult process, but careful preparation is a key element in easing stress for you and your family. Bringing your loved one as much peace as is possible...
Vermont - Hospice Care Hospice Care When families are faced with making tough end-of-life care decisions, many turn to hospice care, which is often started when an individual is given a life-limiting...
Virginia - Hospice Hospice  The most common end-of-life care option is hospice. Hospice is a comprehensive support for individuals with a life-limiting illness, and it provides support to the entire...
Washington D.C. - Hospice Care Hospice Care Patients are offered Hospice care when they have limited life expectancy-rather than have more days in their life, hospice patients opt for quality: staying...
Washington - Hospice Perhaps the most delicate of senior care issues is end of life care, which requires not only a positive attitude in hard times, but also an unfailingly gentle demeanor. While it is...
Wisconsin - Hospice One of the most difficult conversations families face is how to handle end of life care when a loved one has a diagnosis of less than six months life expectancy. Although it is difficult,...
Wisconsin - Hospice One of the most difficult conversations families face is how to handle end of life care when a loved one has a diagnosis of less than six months life expectancy. Although it is difficult,...
Wyoming - Hospice Resources Planning for a loved one's care as they near the end of their lives is difficult and emotional, but if you can see a plan as something that will offer them relief, it may...
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