Category Archives: Elderly Care

Unique Options for Hospice Therapy

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Many hospices offer special therapies for patients to improve their emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. This article will discuss three of them: pet therapy, music therapy, and youth integration programs. These offer many benefits and all of them give an opportunity for patients to have positive social interactions and decrease loneliness. Pet Therapy The use of companion animals in hospice...

How Will I Afford Assisted Living?

affording assisted living
An assisted living facility usually costs between $3,000 and $5,000 a month. While some medical care can be covered by Medicare and Medicaid, the majority of the costs associated with assisted living are paid for privately out of pocket. So, the question arises: “How can I afford for assisted living?” There are actually many different ways to cover this expense....

Does Hospice Care Differ by State?

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No matter what state you live in, the standards and basics of hospice care are similar no matter what hospice provider. This is because hospice care is covered by Medicaid and Medicare, which are federally-regulated programs; due to this, there are certain standards of care that must be maintained across state lines. Private insurance and veteran’s benefits also typically cover...

4 Factors that Can Determine Your Doctor’s Hospice Referral

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It is estimated about 10% of all physicians care for 50% of patients requiring hospice services. This is partially due to the fact not all physicians deal with patients with end of life issues. There are several factors that come to play when a doctor makes a hospice referral. Here is what you need to know when it comes to...

Religious Views on Hospice

Religious views on hospice
Each religion has a unique view on how hospice and other end-of-life care should be handled; and there are certain beliefs and traditions which factor into how the patient should be cared for. Spirituality is very important to those leaving this life and must be handled properly. The ways that Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and atheist patients who are terminally...

Who’s on Your Hospice Team?

Who's on your hospice team
Hospice care can be a light in a time that might feel dark, scary, and overwhelming. Hospice is best defined as the care of a person and their family through the entire end-of-life process, including some period of time after the patient has passed away. A hospice care team consists of medical professionals, therapists and volunteers. Family members are also...

Eligibility You Don’t Want But Should Know

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Hospice eligibility is something that no one really wants but everyone should know. As an advisor on end-of-life planning, I get a lot of questions thrown my way. Some are generic (like “What is hospice?”), while others are more specific (like “Does Medicare pay for hospice?”). We’re going to cover one that lands in the middle of the spectrum --...