Hospice-101-The-Basics-You-Should-Know

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The mention alone of the term "hospice" can be sensitive. End-of-life issues can be difficult to approach for many. However, a better understanding of hospice might ease some of the pain often associated with the end of life.

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Hospice 101: The Basics You Should Know

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The mention alone of the term "hospice" can be sensitive. End-of-life issues can be difficult to approach for many. However, a better understanding of hospice might ease some of the pain often associated with the end of life. Nearly 45% of all deaths in the United States occurred while under the care of hospice, according to the 2012 census study of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). With the increased use of hospice services, it is important to understand the basics of hospice care.

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Hospice is a specialized form of care for those individuals facing life-limiting illnesses. Hospice utilizes an eclectic approach that encompasses the person's physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs that are unique to the end of one's life. Hospice can also provide support to those who love the person who is dying, prior to the death and even afterwards.

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What services can hospice provide? Most hospice programs follow the federal guidelines that Medicare sets. These services might include : Services of the medical team (physician, nurse, social workers, etc) Medical equipment Medication (for symptoms and general comfort) Dietary needs and support Therapy (physical and occupational) Grief and loss counseling and continued support

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Care received through hospice is typically covered by Medicare, Medicaid and HMOs, or private insurance plans. It is important to get a clear explanation of the loved one's benefits to make sure services are covered.

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Many assume that hospice care only occurs in a facility. However, that is not the case. Although hospice care can occur in a facility, many consumers are electing to have hospice services rendered in the comfort of the loved one's home. Many find that having a loved one receive care in the comfort of home can be reassuring to the one transitioning-and-to-loved-ones .

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It is impossible to predict the end of life. Hospice used to be associated with cancer patients. However, when illnesses such as lung disease, congestive heart failure and cancer, doctors are able to help the patient and family understand at what point hospice should be contacted for services.

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