When a loved one enters into hospice care, it can be a confusing and overwhelming time for the family. What does hospice really mean? Who cares for my loved one during this time? Should my loved one be in a hospital instead? The following are some important facts about hospice to help families better understand the process of working with hospice.

  1. Hospice care is really not about dying; rather, it is about helping patients live each day of their lives to the fullest extent possible, with comfort and support provided to both patients and families.
  2. The hospice team includes nurses, social workers, home health aides, chaplains, and bereavement counselors. Patients receive visits as needed, and the hospice team is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week for support and care, as needed.
  3. Receiving hospice care does not mean giving up hope or that death is imminent. The earlier an individual receives hospice care, the more opportunity there is to address needs. Some patients actually improve and may be discharged from hospice care.
  4. Research reveals that the majority of Americans do not want to die in a hospital; hospice provides palliative care treating pain and managing symptoms while allowing most patients to remain at home.
  5. Hospice care is a Medicare benefit. Most private insurers also cover hospice care as well. The Medicare benefit and most private insurance pay for hospice care as long as the patient continues to meets the necessary criteria.
  6. Hospice is not a place. Hospice care usually takes place in the comfort of your home, just like the services provided by home health agencies but can be provided in any environment in which the patient lives, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and residential care facilities.

In addition to hospice care, many families may often need some assistance to ensure that errands are run, meals are prepared, or that their loved one has supervision at all times. Read more about the benefits of working with a home care agency, like Regency Home Care, in addition to hospice. At Regency Home Care of Georgia, we understand that having a loved one in hospice care is a delicate time for the whole family. We are here to help you so you can focus on being there for your loved one. Contact us today to learn more about our in-home care services.