Who’s on Your Hospice Team?

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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 --...

What Is Assisted Living?

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Most of us have heard the terms “assisted living,” “independent living facility,” “nursing home,” “hospice care,” and “in-home nursing care,” but we do not always understand the differences between each of these different types of care. All of these types of care are designed to help people with disabilities or those who are elderly continue to live their lives as...

5 Reasons Why Hospice Care is Hard to Find

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If someone in your family is suffering from terminal illness, would you care for them yourself, or would you find hospice agencies to provide them with treatment and support to live their last days in peace? More than 40 percent of families in the United States seek hospice care when someone in their family becomes so ill that they are...

4 Things to Consider when Choosing an Assisted Living Facility

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If you or a loved one is considering moving into an assisted living facility, you’ll most likely have to deal with a lot of uncertainty when finding a facility. You will probably visit a number of places, find yourself discouraged with the process, and not know where to turn. The good news is there are a number of sources online...

Repealing the Affordable Care Act and What It Means to You

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Millions of Americans are awaiting the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how any changes or repeals could affect their health care. But would any kind of repeal or reform of the legislation by the new Trump administration have an impact on the hospice industry? About 90 percent of people in hospice use the Medicare hospice benefit, which...

Hospice Care: Explaining End of Life Documents

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When dealing with a long term or terminal illness, the last thing you want to think about is what all the different end of life documents you have to sign are for. Doctor’s bombard you with information about the disease, hospice care, and a variety of different legal forms. It’s enough to make your head spin. While there are plenty...