Hospice is a wonderful service for those who are terminal.
Perhaps you have heard of hospice.
If you have had a loved one with a terminal illness, you likely have had experienced with hospice.
Hospice often gets confused with palliative care.
According to a recent AARP article titled “How to Find a Quality Hospice,” they are quite different.
What makes them distinct?
Palliative care is an option for anyone with a serious illness.
Hospice requires a terminal diagnosis.
Hospice is usually provided where the patient lives.
The hospice team will frequently visit the home or long-term care facility of the patient.
What is the goal of hospice?
Hospice does not work to restore health, but to help the family and the patient through the difficulties associated with end-of-life realities.
This means the relationship between the hospice team and the family is of utmost importance.
How do you find a hospice team for your loved one?
Start by doing research.
Interview different providers and evaluate what they provide in light of your needs.
Bring questions to the interview and have a clear idea of the type and quality of care you desire for your loved one.
The connection and care from the hospice team is important.
What questions should you ask?
- Would the medical director come to care for complex symptoms?
- What are after hour policies?
- Does the care provided meet the level required by the Medicare hospice benefit?
- Is the facility accredited?
- How are staff certified?
- Does the facility utilize volunteers?
- Do not be afraid to ask questions.
It is important to pick a hospice that fits the needs of your loved one.
While there are many fine hospice providers in the Greater Kansas City area, I have been a volunteer attorney for Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care since 1997.
I can personally attest to the professionalism and compassion of the good folks who work there.
Reference: AARP (June 27, 2019) “How to Find a Quality Hospice”