More quality time spent with a loved one
with the help of pain and symptom management

Time for Hospice

 

Ready for Comfort Care

To many people, the word hospice means end-of-life and some may delay the discussion. Hospice represents pain and symptom management, and the opportunity to spend quality time with your loved one while experienced hospice professionals assist with the comfort care a loved one deserves. Hospice is having an extra layer of uniquely specialized care during a medical crisis. It's being able to keep the patient at their place of residence, comfortable and pain-free. Even if your loved one is not currently eligible for hospice care, gathering information prior to the immediate need will allow time to understand the different options available when the time arises.

 

Hospice Eligibility & Criteria

Eligibility depends on the specific illness and if the curative plan is no longer affective. Homestead's disease-specific programs are designed to alleviate pain and symptoms while providing the comfort care that allows quality time with your loved one. 

 

Quick Check List

Time to consider hospice if your family member has experienced one or more of the following:

  • Diagnosis of a terminal illness with a prognosis of six months or less

  • No plans for further aggressive or curative treatments

  • Frequent trips to the hospital/emergency room

  • Loss of weight

  • Frequent falls

  • Rapid decline of health

  • Deteriorating cognitive/mental abilities

  • Incontinence of bowl or bladder

  • Frequent or recurrent infections

  • Two or more life-threatening conditions

 

Who Pays for Hospice?

Hospice services become available when a cure to a patient’s terminal illness, and related conditions, is no longer working and comfort care is the focus. Hospice care is paid by Medicare, Medicaid in most states, the Department of Veterans Affairs, most private insurance plans, HMOs, and other managed care organizations.

 

A Homestead team member is ready to discuss hospice eligibility or answer any of your questions.