Hospice, a Great Help to Many FamiliesFeb 02, 2012 / By: Pablo Palomino, Estate Planning Attorney / Category: Advanced Medical Directives, Elder Law
Hospice provides end-of-live palliative care for those who are in the last year of their lives. Hospice services are paid by Medicare and the goal is to provide palliative (not curative) care and support for the family.
The goal of hospice is to keep the ill person comfortable. There is no reason for anyone to die in pain.
There are no attempts to cure any illness. Hospice services are available when no curative path is available or no curative path is chosen.
For example, a patient with advanced pancreatic cancer may choose hospice. All attempts are made to provide medicine and care to eliminate pain. No chemotherapy or radiation would be provided.
Stay at Home
Often, it’s a goal to keep an ill loved one at home as long as possible; so, hospice provides care at home.
If more support is required, many hospices have facilities where the ill person can stay 24/7, receive palliative care, and family can visit and receive support services such as counseling and social work support.
Examples of Care Provided
Hospice provides nurse evaluation and visits; pain control; wound care; caretakers to provide assistance with bathing, dressing, toileting, and shaving; and social worker sessions.
If you are ill and the doctor has provided a prognosis of one year or less, either the doctor or you can call a hospice for an evaluation to determine what services are appropriate for you and your family. Most families who use hospice services rave about their experience.
If you have any questions about hospice or other elder care support services consult with a qualified estate planning attorney.
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