You might assume that all medical facilities operate under the same standards of professionalism. Sadly, you’d be wrong. While requirements exist, the medical profession is still growing into its roles in some capacities like hospice care. Hospice is care for the patient after both the diagnosis has been confirmed and treatment has ceased. It specifically addresses the end-of-life needs and expectations of both the patient and their families.
The Right Provider
Seek a care provider who specifically invests in professional liability insurance for hospice as this is a provider whose administrators care about protecting both their patients and staff. There are definite questions you should ask.
- What kinds of insurance does the provider accept?
- Does the provider create an individualized care plan for each patient?
- What do independent reviews say about this provider?
Four Types of Care
You need to know about the four types of hospice care available for your loved one.
- Will your provider work in the patient’s home or with a nursing home or assisted living facility if that’s where the patient resides?
- If the patient can’t stay at home, is there an option for inpatient hospice care?
- Does the provider have staff available 24-hours a day?
- Is there an option for respite care for the patient’s caregiver(s)?
Choosing the right hospice care at such a sensitive time can be difficult if you’re unprepared.