Hospice Care

August 22, 2019

Calling for Hospice Care can feel like a scary step.

Hospice care is a unique service that helps to provide comfort and quality of life to your loved ones, and for you as well. Hospice care is available to anyone with a terminal illness that meets the criteria set forth by Medicare.

You do not need a referral from your doctor to call Hospice care. At any time, a person can be evaluated to see if hospice services are something that can be a benefit.

Turning to Hospice for support does not mean you are giving up. You will still get the medical care that you need. The services focus on quality of life, not curing a disease.  Hospice Care strives to provide their clients with the ability to live life as fully as possible and as pain free as possible.

You do not need to move from your home to receive Hospice services. Hospice can be covered through Medicare and Medicaid benefits along with some private insurance companies as well, with little to no cost to the patient.

Some of the services provided are:

  • Medication to ease pain
  • Medical equipment such as hospital beds, lifts, and other supplies
  • Advice on eating
  • Physical and speech therapy
  • Social work and counseling
  • Chaplin and spiritual services for you and your loved one
  • Counseling for your loved ones

There are options out there to help you and your loved one navigate difficult times.

Be Your Own Advocate

August 9, 2019

Life can be overwhelming. Keeping up with everything can get stressful. Sometimes managing your medical care can be hard to deal with. Always remember you are your own best advocate.

Know Your Medications.

               Know your body and the way you react to certain drugs. Don’t be afraid to question your doctor when they prescribe new medications. Ask about side effects, ask about adverse reactions to your other medications. Also, speak to your pharmacist. Be sure you understand the proper dosing and what you need to do while taking medication, such as, take with food, avoid driving, etc.

Keep Records.

Whenever you have a test, ask for a copy. Write down dates, medications, what tests were performed, what was the outcome.

Educated Yourself.

Learn as much as possible about your condition. You can gather information from your doctor, pharmacist, educational pamphlets, etc. If researching on the internet, it pays to be skeptical until it can be verified by a professional. Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion if you do not feel your doctor is giving you the best care possible.

Write Down Your Questions.

Make a list of questions you have, no matter how silly you think they are. Be prepared for your appointments. Sometimes things happen quickly, and you leave your appointment forgetting to ask that one thing you really wanted to know.

Understand Your Insurance Benefits.

Know and understand your medical insurance, your coverage amounts, limits, deductibles, co-pays, etc. If you need help, call your insurance company and ask them questions.

You can also designate a trusted person to help you with these tasks. Wouldn’t you rather have someone think you ask to many questions, then to have no idea what’s going on with your health.  No one knows you better than you.

Services Provided

* Primary Residence Cleaning
* Companionship & Errand Services
* Transport to Appointments
* Hospital Discharge Assessment
* Minor Residential Repairs
* Grocery Shopping
* Planning & Preparing Meals
* Personal Care Assistance
* Weekly Linens & Laundry Services
* Alzheimer's/Dementia Care
* Medication Reminders
* Aging & Health Resources

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