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Is Hospice Care Right for Your Loved One?

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Is Hospice Care Right for Your Loved One?

  1. 1. Is Hospice Care right for your loved one? www.aurumnetwork.com
  2. 2. www.aurumnetwork.com The thought of hospice for a loved one can be a frighten- ing one, but it is important to remember, that hospice is a source of help, comfort, and solace.
  3. 3. When a patient has been diag- nosed with a termi- nal illness and a prognosis of less than six months to live, hospice can provide a sense of well-being in the final stage of life when medication is no longer effective. www.aurumnetwork.com
  4. 4. Hospice care is given to patients who are in their final stages of life, with the emphasis on making their remaining time as comfortable as possible. www.aurumnetwork.com
  5. 5. Hospice care includes infor- mation for family members on how to care for their loved one and support for those who face a loss of someone dear to them. www.aurumnetwork.com
  6. 6. Hospice provides a respite for the family and emotional and psychological assistance for the patient to deal with end-of-life issues. In addition, hospice can offer pain management and any medi- cal prescriptions or supplies the patient may need. www.aurumnetwork.com
  7. 7. www.aurumnetwork.com Hospice care can be provided at home or in a Hospice center, sometimes located within a hospital or nursing home or in a stand-alone facility.
  8. 8. www.aurumnetwork.com Regardless of where hospice is given, the family is encouraged to remain the primary caregiver for the benefit of the patient.
  9. 9. www.aurumnetwork.com Hospice work- ers are medical professionals and along with doctors and nurses, the team may include psychologists and clergy.
  10. 10. Options for paying the cost of hospice care include personal insur- ance; the state- funded Medicaid for people who are financially in need; Medicare Part A (in some instances); and financial assis- tance from some hospice care centers. www.aurumnetwork.com
  11. 11. When interview- ing hospice care centers, be sure to speak with the financial director to determine what assistance may be available. www.aurumnetwork.com
  12. 12. www.aurumnetwork.com All hospices are not the same, so it is important to call and visit to make an informed deci- sion about which is right for you and your loved one. Be sure to discuss hospice with your physician, nurses, social worker, and/ or clergy.
  13. 13. www.aurumnetwork.com You can also check out the website for the national Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (http://moments. nhpco.org/find- a-hospice) or call their HelpLine at 800-658-8898.
  14. 14. www.aurumnetwork.com Questions you should be prepared to ask include...
  15. 15. www.aurumnetwork.com What services are provided? 1.
  16. 16. www.aurumnetwork.com What support is available to the family? 2.
  17. 17. www.aurumnetwork.com What roles do the attending physician and hospice play? 3.
  18. 18. www.aurumnetwork.com What do volunteers do? 4.
  19. 19. www.aurumnetwork.com How are services provided “after hours”? 5.
  20. 20. www.aurumnetwork.com How long for admis- sion once the request is made? 6.
  21. 21. www.aurumnetwork.com Is financial assistance available? 7.
  22. 22. Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers Aurum member nursing and rehabilitation centers provide a wide range of high quality medical services including: • Postacute care • Short-term rehabilitation • Respite care • Hospice care • Long-term care Working with each resident and their family members, staff will customize a plan to maximize both self-motivation and func- tional independence. You or your loved one will be in an atmosphere of warmth, respect and understanding. Find an Aurum Member Facility in your Area

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