Home Health Care Overview
Many types of medical and social home health care services are available: nursing care, physical therapy, pharmacy services, transportation, and home-delivered meals.
Hospice Care Overview
Hospice care usually involves relieving symptoms and providing psychological and social support for the patient and family. The goal of hospice care is to provide the terminally ill patient peace, comfort, and dignity.
Paying for Home Health and Hospice Care
Home health care services may be paid for directly by the patient, through insurance coverage, or through other public or private sources. Most hospice care programs are provided to the patient regardless of the patient's ability to pay.
Planning for End of Life
You need to understand your options and take time to consider what will help you reach the end of your life with dignity, comfort and a sense of control.
Choosing a Provider
When looking for a home health and hospice care provider, consider quality of care, availability of services, personnel training and expertise, and payer coverage.
If you are unhappy with the home health or hospice care you are receiving, you should notify the provider's administrator, your state health department, and the Better Business Bureau.
Grief and Loss
Grief moves in and out of stages from disbelief and denial, to anger and guilt, to finding a source of comfort, to eventually adjusting to the loss.