Addressing Fears of the Hospice Evaluation

| By Jodi Horton

It’s not unusual for individuals to be at least a little fearful of the word and the concept of hospice care. But we’d like to encourage a little less fear of the term hospice. We invite individuals to learn more about the benefits of hospice care, and we welcome questions about hospice services. Here are a few reasons why we think you shouldn’t be afraid of the word hospice.

Many individuals understand hospice as a type of medical-related service, but we have additional services to help with caregiving. People are often unaware of our volunteer services, social services support, and grief support. Volunteers companion our patients, providing comfort and support to the patient while also offering relief for a family caregiver. Our social workers are happy to answer questions regarding practical affairs, such as funeral home arrangements or how to register with the VA for veteran-related benefits.

We don’t think you should be afraid of something that doesn’t impose any cost or obligation to you. One of our admission nurses is happy to meet with you and answer any questions, and there’s no cost or obligation to the visit. The evaluation meeting takes place in your home so there’s no need for you to travel to our office. You can also have other family and friends present  to help you ask questions, take notes, or just as moral support. If you don’t want to meet with a nurse just yet, we’re also happy to mail information to you. We believe individuals are entitled to know their options for care, and hospice is just one possible option.

You don’t need to be afraid of a benefit that’s part of your insurance plan. Hospice care is a comprehensive Medicare benefit, and it will cover the cost of the hospice services as well as relevant medications and medical supplies and equipment.

If you are seeking information about hospice care in the Pima County area, contact Casa de la Luz Hospice at (520) 544-9890.

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