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What is Hospice Care?

Hospice care provides medical services, emotional support, and spiritual resources for people who are in the last stages of a serious illness, such as cancer or heart failure. Hospice care focuses on comfort and quality of life, rather than cure. Hospice care also helps family members manage the practical details and emotional challenges of caring for a dying loved one. Hospice care affirms life and views death as a natural process.

Hospice care is appropriate for those who have a limited prognosis of 12 months or less. Some people think that starting hospice is a last resort that it means they're giving up on life. Some think that hospice means a lower level of medical care, but hospice is simply a type of care that focuses on the quality of your life instead of continuing with treatment to prolong your life.

What Kind of Services Does Hospice Care Provide?

Hospice services usually include:

• Basic medical care with a focus on pain and symptom control.
• Access to a member of your hospice team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
• Medical supplies and equipment as needed.
• Counseling and social support to help you and your family with psychological,
  emotional, and spiritual issues.
• Guidance with the difficult, but normal issues of life completion and closure.
• A break (respite care) for caregivers, family, and others who regularly care for you.
• Volunteer support, such as preparing meals and running errands.
• Counseling and support for your loved ones after death.

Hospice care facilities must provide certain services, they tend to have different approaches to service, staffing patterns, and types of support services offered.

What is the Cost of Hospice Care?

Hospice coverage is provided by Medicare, Medicaid and by most private health insurance policies. Medicare and/or Medicaid are the most frequent sources of payment. Both will pay at 100% for medication relating to the terminal diagnosis, equipment needed for comfort and safety (hospital bed, bedside commode and wheelchair, etc) and the services of the Hospice care team.


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Senior Housing Facility Options

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Assisted Living Facilities

A typical assisted living facility resident would usually be an elder/senior citizen who does not need the level of care offered by a skilled nursing facility. Assisted Living Facilities provide more companionship and some assistance in day-to-day living.

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Hospice Care Facilities

Hospice Care is more than a place of care, hospice is a unique kind of care for people with advanced illnesses. Hospice Care is a specialized care that accepts dying as the final natural stage of life, neither to speed up the dying process nor postpone it.

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Independent Living Communities

Independent Living is simply any housing arrangement designed exclusively for seniors, generally those aged 55 and over. Housing can vary widely, from apartment-style living to freestanding homes. These communities are for seniors who need little or no care.

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Skilled Nursing Facilities

Skilled nursing facilities is the highest level of care for older adults outside of a hospital. Nursing homes provide what is called custodial care, including getting in and out of bed, and providing assistance with feeding, bathing, and dressing by skilled nursing.

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Continuing Care Communities

CCRC's aren't independent living communities, nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Continuing Care Communities are a combination of all of these care options, owned by private companies and staffed to provide a ''continuum of care''.

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In-Home Care Agencies

In-home care also known as home care, home health care and private duty home care. In-home care is considered non-skilled which means non- medical, home care and home health care is skilled care which means medical. Private duty home care is both.

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Memory Care Facilities

Memory care is a term that refers to specialized care provided by some facilities to help elder/seniors and other individuals affected by memory impairment. Memory care communities are often incorporated as separate care units of assisted living facilities.

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Residential Care Homes

Residential Care Homes are also known as Adult Family Homes, Adult Family Care Homes, Residential Care Facilities, Personal Care Homes, and Care Homes. All of which provide professional care for the elder/senior in a residential home setting.

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