Category Archives: Future Planning

5 Myths that Give Hospice Care a Bad Name

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While hospice and home health care is increasingly becoming a more popular option for people at the end of their life (in 2014, about 1.6 million people received hospice care, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization), there are still some stigmas and myths that surround hospice care. Here are five myths about hospice care and why they’re...

7 Things You Should Ask about Doctor Referrals

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Finding the right hospice center for you or your loved one can be difficult. How are you supposed to know which place will cater to your needs and understand what is most important to you? Getting a recommendation from your doctor or other health care provider can be helpful, as they likely work with hospices and home care employers on...

Preventing Confusion in the Face of Crisis: Getting Your Final Affairs Together

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Proactive planning and candid discussion can make a world of difference for your children or loved ones when they are faced with the daunting and emotionally draining task of orchestrating your funeral and settling your final affairs. Considering the grief, heartache, and accompanying confusion that come with the loss of a loved one, it’s really in your best interest to...

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...

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...