Knowing when hospice care is needed for you or a loved one with a terminal illness can be confusing. Keeping the lines of communication open to identify a hospice patient’s care goals is important and can provide comfort in knowing the caregiving plan and allowing for time with loved ones and holistic focus on improved quality of life. At Paradigm Health, our hospice care team focuses on pain relief and symptom management rather than curing the illness.
In most cases, hospice care can begin when a physician determines the patient’s life expectancy is six months or less if the illness follows its usual path. Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance providers for eligible patients. Paradigm Health’s hospice care services enrich daily life and provide support for the patient and family through nursing services, music therapy, assistance through social workers, and much more. Contact us for help in determining if hospice care is needed.
Some of the most common hospice care illnesses are:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
- Liver disease
- Kidney failure