Last month, we talked about the benefits of in-home hospice services and how Errand Works can help when families are dealing with a terminally ill loved one. We realize that not all families opt for in-home hospice services and instead may be driving to and from hospitals or care facilities daily, or may even be staying with their loved one. None of these situations are easy, but the benefits of hospice services to the patient are many.
What Can Hospice Do for a Terminally Ill Patient?
Hospice, no matter the location in which it is provided, is an invaluable resource to patients and their families/support systems. Many residents of nursing facilities, as well as patients in the hospital, can still receive hospice. These services are in addition to what is already provided around the clock. When under hospice services, patients may receive:
- Additional hands-on care from doctors, nurses and nurses’ aides, often two visits per week from a nurse and up to three visits per week from a certified aide, even if they are already in a care facility
- On-call care whenever needed, such as when a patient experiences changes in condition, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
- Expert pain management for maximum comfort
- Help obtaining tailored assistive medical devices, like wheelchairs, walkers and hospital beds
- Spiritual support and support groups for patients and families
- Services from volunteers, like companionship, letter writing, playing games, reading aloud, praying, etc.
How Is Hospice Paid for in Locations Other Than a Patient’s Home?
In a hospital, hospice facility or long-term care facility, hospice is paid for in the same manner as it would be in a patient’s home:
- Medicare, through the Medicare Hospice Benefit
- Veterans Health Administration
- Private insurance
Talk to your preferred hospice provider about payment options and available assistance with required paperwork.
If a Patient Is Already in a Care Facility, Is Hospice Beneficial?
When someone is terminally ill, the more people focused on their care and comfort the better. Hospice care within a care facility provides the same pain management and end-of-life expertise, as well as a few extra pairs of eyes on your loved one. Hospice employees and volunteers work in coordination with doctors and facility staff to ensure the greatest comfort and care possible. (Review our previous post to see the qualifications for receiving hospice.)
How Do You Manage Daily Life When Your Loved One Is Receiving Hospice Away From Home?
When a loved one is receiving hospice services, though their comfort is central to everything, emotionally, it’s extremely tough on caregivers, family and friends. Families want to spend as much time as possible with their loved one, which means that day-to-day items, home care and errands can be placed on the back burner. At Errand Works, we believe this SHOULD be the case. Quality time with loved ones beats grocery store and dry cleaning trips every time.
With our Errand Services, you can conveniently leave the daily to-do lists to us. You’ll have the beauty of time with your loved one, and your home and errands will be taken care of, too. We can do your shopping; make post office, dry cleaning, vet and car care trips; pick up medications; drop off prescriptions; provide home waiting services and more. Check out our Services page, then give us a call to set up your personalized Errand Management System. It would be our pleasure to help ease your stress, or that of a friend or family member in this situation.
Errand Works, LLC, is licensed, bonded and insured. Every errand runner must pass a Virginia State Criminal Background Check prior to being hired. In addition, each errand runner is a Virginia State Notary. Errand Works currently serves Prince William County, Fauquier County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County and the surrounding areas.