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What does hospice do that the assisted living community can't do? Why should I call them?
Status: Open    Dec 18, 2014 - 04:44 AM

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Feb 16, 2015 - 04:00 PM

Hospice by definition means you are actively dying and have 6 months or less to live.

Assisted living is some level of assistance where you live with other people. You may or may not need part or full time care for fraility or chornic care issues.

Hospice services could be full time but can often be part time care to help you with pain and other issues with a terminal illness.

The term active dying means your bodies organs and vital functions are shutting down and at some point, you will die.

Hospice is available in the home or in a hospice facility which provides staff and medical services to keep you comfortable.

Feb 18, 2015 - 10:59 AM

Hospice services can provide valuable resources for terminally ill individuals and their families. Hospice is a type of philosophy of care for those dealing with a terminal illness. It involves a full system of care focused to alleviate physical, emotional, and social symptoms experienced by the dying individual.

A team of professionals including doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, and non professionals, work together to meet the patient’s needs. The focus of care moves from trying to cure the illness to providing palliative care to alleviate the symptoms of the condition, including pain relief. Some hospice providers have spiritual and legal advisors available. Hospice care includes not only end-of-life care, but also, preparation for the time of death and assistance when the death occurs.

Assisted Living Facilities provide more personal care for individuals who need assistance with activities of daily living. Their personal care is more readily available.

One should be able to be at an assisted living facility and still receive hospice services. If someone is on Medicare part A, they are eligible for hospice services. Also, there are medical insurances that pay for hospice services. Hospices do not generally provide the assistance with activities of daily living to the extent that an assisted living facility would provide. On the other hand, an assisted living facility does not have the health professional expertise to offer that you receive from hospice.



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