If you have a loved one who has a terminal illness and is approaching the end of his or her life, hospice care service is an option to consider. With hospice, your loved one is able to get the support needed while also making sure that he or she is as comfortable and pain-free as possible. It can also be a great way for you and your family to cope as your loved one’s illness progresses.
Take a look at some of the information below, to better understand this helpful service. If you have any questions, or if you’d like to discuss how hospice care can help your family, contact a qualified and experienced estate planning attorney.
Hospice care can include the following services:
- Pain management
- Medical care supervision
- Coaching family members on how to best help the patient
- Extra medical services such as physical therapy or speech therapy
- Counseling support for the patient
- Respite care so family member caretakers can get a break
- Bereavement care for the family
All of these services help both the patient and his or her family cope with the end of life.
Hospice care is often provided in the comfort of the patient’s own home. This makes it possible for friends and family members to visit frequently. It also allows the patient to reach the end of life in a familiar environment. In some cases, patients receive these services in a hospital or hospice care clinic. .
Hospice care is available if the doctors estimate that your loved one has 6 months or less to live. It’s paid for by Medicare.
If you have any questions, or if you’d like to discuss a family member’s hospice care needs, consult with a qualified and experienced estate planning attorney.