Home Health and Hospice Care

  1. Choosing a Provider

    When looking for a home health and hospice care provider, consider quality of care, availability of services, personnel training and expertise, and payer coverage.

  2. Grief and Loss

    Grief moves in and out of stages from disbelief and denial, to anger and guilt, to finding a source of comfort, to eventually adjusting to the loss.

  3. Home Health Care Overview

    Many types of medical and social home health care services are available: nursing care, physical therapy, pharmacy services, transportation, and home-delivered meals.

  4. Home Health Care Statistics

    Medical conditions that most frequently require home health care include diabetes, heart failure, chronic ulcer of the skin, osteoarthritis, and hypertension.

  5. Hospice Care Overview

    Hospice care usually involves relieving symptoms and providing psychological and social support for the patient and family. The goal of hospice care is to provide the terminally ill patient peace, comfort, and dignity.

  6. Hospice Care Statistics

    Less than half of hospice recipients are cancer patients. The five leading non-cancer conditions admitted to hospice are end-stage heart disease, dementia, feebleness, lung disease, and end-stage renal disease.

  7. Hospices Offer Comfort at Life's End

    As medical progress prolongs our lives, the end can linger. So, more and more people are turning to hospice care.

  8. Patient Rights

    If you are unhappy with the home health or hospice care you are receiving, you should notify the provider's administrator, your state health department, and the Better Business Bureau.

  9. Paying for Home Health and Hospice Care

    Home health care services may be paid for directly by the patient, through insurance coverage, or through other public or private sources. Most hospice care programs are provided to the patient regardless of the patient's ability to pay.

  10. Planning for End of Life

    You need to understand your options and take time to consider what will help you reach the end of your life with dignity, comfort and a sense of control.

  11. Types of Home Health and Hospice Care Providers

    Home health and hospice care can be provided by many different types of organizations, agencies, companies, and individuals. Choosing the service that is right for your family requires some research.

  12. Types of Home Health Care Services

    The range of home health care services a patient can receive at home is limitless. Care can range from nursing care to specialized medical services such as laboratory work-ups.

  13. Types of Hospice Care Services

    The goal of hospice is to provide comfort and care, not "cure" the illness or disease. Types of hospice care services provided depend on the patient's needs and preferences.

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