Coming into hospice care is a point in life that many people still fear. Being told that you or someone you care about are on the brink of death can be devastating on more than one level, and professional support means a lot at such times. . If you are looking to learn some more about this care format, take a look at this helpful web page.
A person will be put on hospice care if their health condition is so far along that it would not be a surprise for them to die within the following six months. Of course, this is not to say that they will actually pass away within that time frame, only that their condition makes dying a realistic and relatively near possibility.
So what is hospice care at home?
Just like its name says, hospice care at home aims to translate all of the support and skills of a hospice into the home environment. The patient and their loved ones are placed at the focus center. Patients with advanced illnesses will be able to feel safe and more at ease in their own home, and, if they prefer it that way, they are given the possibility of passing away in their own familiar home environment, as opposed to a hospital, for example.
This type of care aims to support the families and carers while maintaining the patient’s quality of life at the highest possible standard. It may serve to prevent commitment to an inpatient care facility, which is the terrifying nightmare for many families of terminally ill people, as you can see at this informative article: https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/basics/info-2017/hospice-need-to-know.html
It may also be a way of facilitating discharge from such an institution, should the patient or their loved ones prefer it that way. Additionally, it is often the least stressful scenario for those people who are frequently going through rapid changes due to their condition.
What services would you be able to get?
Most commonly, a family who are caring for a terminally ill person, or whose loved one is experiencing instances of raid change, are readily provided help with nursing and supportive care. The same is true if the carers and patient are experiencing difficulties with navigating and managing the symptoms.
Aside from supportive care and nursing, specific services that will be available to you will vary, as they depend on the area in which they are provided – different localities have different resources and possibilities, so make sure you do your research beforehand.
Who is eligible for hospice care at home?
Generally speaking, anyone who has a life limiting condition, and/ or requires intensive care or additional care at home would be able to request a home setting hospice service. Unfortunately, this is something of a dice roll, as every individual organization will have their own set of referral criteria.
Moreover, whether or not your referrals are accepted will likely depend in what resources and other services are available at the time – “trying again later” actually might make sense in this context.
How do you even set up for hospice home care?
Let’s take a look at how to start the hospice home care process. Usually, you would be referred to such a service by your GP, a hospital professional, or a community nurse, although you can always just directly contact a service and enquire about care options. Some even accept referrals form the patients themselves.
Then a care plan is devised for your needs. This is the time to point out all the services you want to include, such as a community nurse, or any of the programs offered by local voluntary organizations. These volunteers and community nursing services cooperate closely with your GP and share the care, and they regularly communicate to plan further care and treatment.
What about the payment for it?
By default, this type of service is provided by either a charity, or your relevant national health service or national health agency. Therefore, it is generally free for everyone, but if you would rather be safe than sorry, always feel free to confirm this point with your local provider.