illness? If you are concerned about healthcare for a terminally-ill loved one, ask your physician about the Hospice option.
- Hospice services can be provided in homes, hospitals and nursing homes.
- Medicare and insurance companies usually pick up nearly all the costs for Hospice care.
- Medications and equipment, like beds and oxygen are provided and paid for by Hospice.
- More than just nursing care, Hospice cares for patients and families with doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains and volunteer family caregivers: an entire team of health care professionals.
If you are considering the kind of care only Hospice can provide, ask yourself the following questions:
Has your loved one…
- Been hospitalized or to the emergency room several times in the past six months?
- Been making more frequent phone calls to their physician?
- Started taking medication to lessen physical pain?
- Started spending most of the day in a chair or bed?
- Fallen several times over the past six months?
- Started needing help from others with two or more of the following:
- Getting out of bed
- Started feeling weaker or more tired?
- Experienced weight loss so that clothes are noticeably looser?
- Noticed a shortness of breath, even while resting?
- Been told by a doctor that life expectancy is limited?
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