Hospice care refers to the special concept of care that is uniquely designed to provide support and comfort to patients who have life-limiting illness that no longer responds to conventional or modern medical treatments, as well as giving assistance to their families and caregivers. Hospice is not a “place”, instead it is a set of specialized care or services helping patients, caregivers and families cope with a terminal illness. Hospice care helps in addressing the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the patient. Hospice helps in improving or maintaining the patient’s quality of life using individualized care plan that is often updated basing on needs of the patient. Hospice care allows caregivers receive practical support during illness as well as grief support after death. Hospice care is usually recommended not just to the patient but also to the entire family most especially when all curative measures have been exhausted and the prognosis of life is six months or less. Health insurance usually cover las vegas hospice services.
Now let us discuss hospice care services. Hospice care services may include the following: patient visits by healthcare providers (hospice physician, nurse, home health aide, medical social worker and spiritual advisor or chaplain), medical equipment (walkers, wheelchairs and medical supplies such as catheters and bandages), physical therapy, dietary counseling, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology services, short-term inpatient care, short-term respite care, pain relief or symptom control medication, and grief and loss counseling. Hospice care insurance coverage does not include room and board in hospice residential facility, inpatient facility, emergency room care, ambulance transportation, and prescription drugs and treatment intended to cure terminal illness or unrelated condition. The different conditions that are medically eligible for hospice care services include dementia or advanced Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and late stage lung, heart and kidney disease. Hospcie care is for everyone, whether infants, children, adolescents, and adults.
In terms of medical eligibility, an attending physician and las vegas hospice physician must certify that the patient meets the specific medical eligibility criteria to receive hospice services which include a life expectancy of six months or less and if the disease runs its typical course. Just in any case that the patient lives longer than six months and the condition have improved, the patient may be discharged from hospice care, but the patient’s condition declines, it needs recertification by a physician or nurse practitioner for additional time in hospice care. Hospice care services are provided in any setting that the patient consider as home like a private residence, assisted living facility, nursing home or hospital. Allow us to help you avail hospice services in Las Vegas. You can always visit our website or homepage for more information.
For further reading/watching, please visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hospice .