5 tips for choosing hospice care

5 tips for choosing hospice care

Choosing hospice is one of the most important decisions to ensure a patient is comfortable with end-of-life care. Here are things to consider when deciding to use hospice care:

  • Get recommendations from your doctor and state hospice organization.
  • Make sure the hospice is Medicare-approved.
  • Interview hospice staff about their approach to comfort care and ask for references.
  • Make a decision. Waiting too long can limit precious last moments with loved ones.
  • Help others choose hospice by sharing your experience at angieslist.com.

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Millions choosing hospice for end-of-life care at home

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Maricela Rodriquez of Hospice of the Comforter visits terminally ill patients in their homes. (Photo courtesy of Hospice of the Comforter)
Maricela Rodriquez of Hospice of the Comforter visits terminally ill patients in their homes. (Photo courtesy of Hospice of the Comforter)

More people are choosing to spend their last days at home and medical providers are helping to make it happen.

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P. Marasco

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I have been with Grane Hospice since April, 2010 after an episode of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). During this time, I was also going through Stage IV Breast Cancer w/Bone Mets. Due to the CHF, I am no longer able to take Chemo, thus putting me between a rock & a hard place. The well-trained, compassionate staff from Grane has alloed me to handle day to day activities with ease. I'm quite ambulatory at this point, so are times when the aides don't have alot to do, but just knowing that they arecoming 3 x a week, makes me happy. They have really become members of my family at this point. When the time comes that my cancer starts the process that will take my life, I feel secure in the fact that the love between Grane Hospice, my family & MYSELF will be done with compasion, dignity & as little pain as they can provide. I give this company & all persons affiliated with Grane that have been associated with my care 5*****. If I could go higher, I defintely would.

DJ

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Always look for a hospice that is non-profit and make sure they really are. Each hospice gets paid the same amount whether they are for-profit or not-for-profit. The difference is the for-profits try to pocket as much money as possible, instead of giving any extra back for patient care. Some hospices, such as Seasons, are for-profit but still have a .org which makes them seem non-profit. Beware. (I worked for several hospices --both for-profit and non-profit-- over 17 years.)

Linda

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I was so thank ful for hospice care when my husband was terminal. It all happened so quickly. When I needed someone, they were there! If I needed something quick, it was there! The support and the love was a godsend.

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