Taking back this type of control is beneficial to patients facing their last year of life. Instead of spending time in and out of the hospital, they can spend it with their family and loved ones in their own home, regardless of what kind of home that is. Being in a familiar environment can bring comfort and peace in a time that is often fraught with fear and sorrow. In addition, the compassion, support, and understanding of hospice care workers can give families the foundation they need to withstand the emotional and physical hardships they are enduring.
Hospice care includes an integrative approach and does not replace medical treatment, nor does it hasten or delay the end of life. Our team of professional caregivers includes nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals; social workers; home health aides; grief counselors, Interfaith ministers, trained volunteers, and more. Together, we meet all of your needs: emotional, medical, spiritual, practical, and physical. Hospice care is more focused on improving your quality of life, providing comfort-oriented care, and preserving dignity.
In addition to the reasons listed above, patients who choose hospice care can be confident that they won't face additional financial burdens. Patients with Medicare or other health insurance plans rarely have to pay for hospice services, as they are usually covered. Even if your family is lacking insurance coverage, at Soulistic Hospice, we serve everyone, regardless of their financial situation or ability to pay. You'll still receive the same level of care, including the use of the necessary medical equipment and supplies, medications, regular home visits, and more.
Eligibility for hospice care is determined by your insurance carrier; for Medicare patients, eligibility begins when your doctor determines you have six months left to live. Because doctors often do not refer patients to hospice care services until mere weeks or days before death, we encourage you to discuss it with your doctor when you are first diagnosed with a life limiting condition. Doing so will help ensure that you receive all the benefits of hospice care for the full period you're eligible.
It's also important to begin discussing your end-of-life care preferences early on, as well as throughout treatment. Planning ahead helps ensure that your wishes are followed and you receive the best quality of life until the very end. Our hospice care providers can help provide this service, which can include documenting your wishes and advocating for them. Because patients feel heard, supported, and cared for, their conditions often improve. While not everyone who receives hospice services will be able to return to curative treatment, we know that all of our patients are better prepared to move on from this life, and their families and friends are better equipped to handle their loss. Knowing you've lived a full-life, even until the very end, brings joy and peace amidst pain and sorrow.
If you're considering hospice care, either for yourself or a loved one, it's never too soon to talk to your doctor.
Soulistic Hospice is ready to offer you and your family the support and care you need during a difficult time. We happily welcome all questions about our care services, so feel free to reach out and contact us at any time.