With all the myths and misconceptions surrounding the hospice industry, most people have no idea what to expect when the time comes to enroll their loved one in hospice care. This is a very confusing time, and it’s hard to know what you need to do and what the hospice will take care of. This kind of reaction is understandable, and very common. When you enroll a loved one in hospice care at Cura-HPC, here’s what you can expect.
First, you’ll have a meeting with one of our transition coordinators. Once we get word you need our services, we try to schedule this meeting as soon as possible. This meeting can take place at your home, the hospital, a coffee shop, or any other place that’s convenient for you. During this meeting, we’ll explain every step to you and answer any questions you have.
The goal of this meeting is to thoroughly explain the hospice benefit and take care of the necessary paperwork required for hospice admission.
Once your loved one is officially enrolled, different members of the hospice team will begin meeting with you and the patient as soon as possible. A hospice care team is made up of a medical director, nurses, aids, social workers, volunteers, and chaplains. This team will create an individualized care plan based on the needs of the patient and the family.
When the care plan is completed, supplies will be ordered and delivered to where ever the patient is located. The hospice benefit covers practically every expense. This includes things like medication, wheelchairs, beds, bandages, and other related supplies.
A regular schedule of care will be created, but this plan is subject to change as the conditions of the patient changes. Hospice care is available 24/7 every day of the year, so we’ll be able to meet the patient’s need under any circumstances.
One of the most unique features of hospice care is that we provide care for the family as well as the patient. While your loved one is in hospice care, and for 12 months after they pass, grief and bereavement counseling will be available to you. This is intended to treat the emotional symptoms associated with the death of a loved one.
If you have any more questions regarding hospice care, or if you’re wondering if your loved one will qualify for hospice care, call us today and we’ll be more than happy to assist you in whatever way we can.