Many people and their loved ones who have received hospice care wish they had started receiving the services sooner. This is because hospice care provides benefits that can help you:
Hospice is not an everyday service or experience, so it can come with a lot of uncertainty. The care is designed to meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals with terminal, end-stage illnesses, and to provide support to their loved ones. In fact, the benefits of hospice care are proven by research to support improved pain and symptom management.
If you or your loved one's physician determines that hospice is an option, this specialized and compassionate care can be provided to you in your home, or in the home of your loved one, as well as in an assisted living residence, skilled nursing facility or other setting.
Services provided through the hospice care team are:
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Hospice care is covered by Medicare Part A benefits and many insurance plans. Hospice can be provided in your own home, assisted living, skilled nursing facility or other setting.
Many people confuse the benefits of palliative care with hospice. They are not the same. Unlike hospice care, palliative care does not discontinue curative treatment and does not require your illness to be end-stage or terminal.
Palliative care may be the right choice for you if you have a chronic illness, need relief from suffering, and require help to improve your quality of life and regain the ability to complete your daily activities.
Palliative care is about making you as comfortable and peaceful as possible with pain management and psychological support. This care places an emphasis on communication between your interdisciplinary team of medical experts and you and your loved ones.
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