There can be a lot of questions during this time following a loved one’s terminal diagnosis. We’re here to answer your questions, take some of the stress off your shoulders, and provide hospice care in Lexington
1. When should I start looking?
You should start looking for hospice care for your loved one after they receive a terminal diagnosis, and life expectancy is six months or less if the disease runs its normal course. Once the diagnosis is made, your loved one qualifies for hospice care.
All too often, families wait to make the call. It is an emotional time. However, we are there to help in every step of the process. We can help improve quality of life for everyone in your family, not just your loved one.
2. Where should I look for hospice care?
You should look for a qualified team. These individuals will be working with your family and your loved one. The team that has experience and kindness for their patients will help take some of the burden off of your shoulders.
Look at what other people are saying about the hospice care. Check their certifications and state licenses. You’ll want a team who is quick to respond to a call and can help alleviate any stress you, your family or your loved one may experience. Ask friends and family members who they recommend. Look online, and most importantly, check locally.
3. What is the cost of hospice?
Medicare Part A covers hospice care 100 percent. The Veterans Health Administration also provides hospice care, and some insurance agencies have hospice benefits. The hospice agency can help you determine hospice benefits by contacting your insurance company for you.
Finally, if you lack the resources and coverage, your hospice care team should be able to connect you with community resources to ease your burden.
4. How Can I help?
The best way you can help is by following the detailed notes of getting your home ready.
You may need to make some adjustments to help improve mobility and safety of your loved one and provide ease of access to the hospice care team.
Ask how you can help make your loved one more comfortable. Create a detailed game plan with your hospice team to make sure everyone knows their role and responsibilities.
Lastly, the best way you can help is to be there for your loved one. Time may be short, so enjoy every moment while you can while hospice helps relieve the burden of being a caregiver.
5. What about therapy and counseling?
Your hospice care team can be there for you and your loved one in multiple ways. Physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy to name a few.
If you find that you need time to recharge, you may be able to qualify to put your loved one in respite care. For up to five days, your loved one can be under the care of a skilled nursing facility. Another option provided by hospice is volunteers who visit to provide extra company and may stay for a couple of hours to allow you or other family members to run errands.
Counseling is another service you may be eligible for through your hospice team. Dietary counseling can help your loved one transition to a diet that will help them stay comfortable during their illness.
Emotional and spiritual counseling is also available to family and friends in addition to your loved one. We understand that they are not the only ones in need of consideration, especially when it is time to start planning funeral arrangements.
If you are looking for hospice care, McCortney Family Hospice provides services to several counties including Canadian, Grady, Oklahoma, Cleveland, McClain, Garvin, Murray, Carter, Lincoln, Pottawatomie, Pontotoc, Johnston, Seminole, Hughes, Coal, Pittsburg, Atoka.