Common Questions About Hospice Care
Below are some frequently asked questions that may help our patients and their family members learn more about our services.
Hospice care is a program designed to provide comprehensive comfort care as well as support for the family. Hospice care assists with comforting the patient and healing the family in the best way possible. There are many different aspects to the hospice care service such as patient and family centered care, physician coordination, social services, home health aides, physical therapists, spiritual support and counseling, music therapy, and bereavement support. It is important that hospice care remains humane and compassionate, so that patients can live fully and comfortably in the last phases of their lives.
Hospice care is covered by most insurances including Medicare, Medicaid and commercial plans. When selecting an insurance policy, it’s important to check the eligibility criterion and coverage. A hospice care team like our staff at VNA Health Group would be able to educate you on the hospice benefit.
There are plenty of benefits of hospice care for not only the patient, but family as well. Hospice care provides a peaceful setting for healing. Opting for hospice care can be a long thought out decision for the patient to focus on spending quality time with loved ones, restoring relationships, pursuing happiness through a hobby and finding peace from the comfort of their home.
Hospice care covers the range of services needed to improve a patient’s quality of life. This may include doctors, nurses, home healthcare nurses, therapists who manage pain and symptoms of the terminal disease, social workers, chaplains and physical therapists who focus on enabling patients to pursue their daily activities.
In addition, VNAHG is proud to offer trained volunteers in hospice care as part of the team to provide respite to caregivers and other types of support. Today, our volunteers continue to be an important complement for our patients. Volunteers are often referred to as the backbone of our agency, we invite you to join our dedicated volunteers in service to our community.