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22 04, 2021

7 Important Benefits of Respite Care

2021-06-17T03:33:37+00:00Categories: Hospice Care|Tags: , , , , |

Caring for a loved one can be physically, mentally, and emotionally draining. If you’re caring for a family member or friend, it’s essential to maintain your health and well-being. Being at your best will hugely benefit you and the person you are caring for. It's also one of the best benefits of respite care can help. It provides short-term care for your loved one, allowing you to take a break. Keep reading to find more about the important benefits of respite care and how it can help you as a caregiver. 1. Rest and Relax It’s imperative that you have time to rest and relax. If you don’t rest enough, you risk exhaustion, depression, and breakdown. Rest and relaxation have a powerful physical effect. It allows your body to calm down and function properly. It reduces your stress, heart rate, and blood pressure. It also has tremendous mental benefits. When you rest, your body fights off toxins that could make you unwell. One of these toxins is cortisol, the hormone that your body produces when it is stressed. This can hugely improve your mood. One benefit of respite care gives you the time and opportunity to rest and relax. You can stay physically and mentally healthy and provide the best care possible to your loved one. Read More

17 02, 2021

What Is Continuous Home Care And Is It Covered By Medicare?

2021-06-17T03:39:18+00:00Categories: Hospice Care|Tags: , , , |

As of January 2021, there were 62 million recorded Medicare beneficiaries across the country. With the rise of healthcare crises in 2020, this number had increased significantly from previous years. Medicare is a federal program that aids people who are 65 and older by covering medical treatment that they couldn't otherwise afford. In a time of healthcare crises, Medicare is even more pertinent. While Medicare does provide long-term coverage, it also offers immediate aid for individuals with terminally ill conditions and severe medical crises. This is a specific type of Medicare benefit called Continuous Home Care. What is Continuous Home Care? Continuous Home Care (CHC) is a care service for individuals in a medical crisis and terminally ill conditions. The patient's doctor or hospice physician must verify this condition for patients to qualify for Continuous Home Care. This type of care is one of the four benefits included in the Medicare Hospice Benefit. The other three levels include Routine Home Care (RHC), General Inpatient Care (GIC), and Inpatient Respite Care (IRC). Continuous Home Care can be provided to patients in their residence. Or it can be provided in an Assisted Living Facility like a nursing home, where patients receive inpatient services. Hospice providers evaluate your condition and determine whether inpatient services or in-home care are necessary. Read More

3 11, 2020

What You Need to Know About 4 Levels of Hospice Care Right Now

2021-06-17T03:31:30+00:00Categories: News|Tags: , |

You should always feel at home. Under four levels of hospice care, you will. Hospice care designs treatments to meet the needs of patients, providing them comfort in their own homes. While every hospice regimen is different, four levels of hospice care exist. Here is a quick guide to each level. Differences Between Curative, Palliative, and Hospice Care Curative, palliative and hospice care each have their own definitions, though they have some overlap. Curative care creates complete relief from serious illnesses. Doctors diagnose, treat, and prevent symptoms, attempting to cure illnesses. Palliative care provides comfort and pain management for chronic illnesses. Like curative doctors, palliative doctors diagnose, treat, and prevent symptoms. However, palliative doctors specialize in procedures that assist with chronic illnesses. Palliative care can accompany curative care. You will not give up curative treatments if you engage in palliative ones. If a doctor determines that a patient is likely to die within six months, the doctor admits the patient into hospice care. The four levels of hospice care use palliative treatments to treat physical and psychological symptoms alike. However, hospice care employs no curative measures. Though curative and palliative measures include families, hospice care emphasizes the welfare of families. Families have a voice in their loved one's treatments and can receive therapy if desired. Routine Home Read More

13 10, 2020

3 Proven Benefits of Hospice Care For Your Loved One

2021-06-17T03:44:00+00:00Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Did you know that more than one million Medicare beneficiaries were enrolled in hospice in 2017? While you may be on the fence about joining this percentage, we understand this may be a tough decision to move forward with. However, there are several benefits of hospice care that can be extremely beneficial to both patients and family members.   Having a family member admitted to hospice care can be one of the most challenging stages to experience. Additionally, taking care of a loved one can become challenging during the end-of-life stages. Here are three benefits of hospice care that will put your mind at ease.  1. Saves Money One of the well-known benefits of hospice care is the ability to save you money. There are a lot of expenses that can be accrued while taking care of an ill loved one. Fortunately, the umbrella of hospice typically covers many of these expenses.  From medical treatments to personal caregivers, choosing to enroll a loved one into hospice can end up saving you money in the long run. Apart from the all-inclusive stay, hospice facilities include medical equipment and procedures in their pricing. Typically, these expenses would be accumulated during unwanted hospital visits, but fortunately, they would be already covered through hospice.  2. 24/7 Care  Another one of the Read More

10 08, 2020

5 Astonishing Major Benefits of Hospice Care

2021-06-17T03:46:13+00:00Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Are you finding yourself searching for "hospice near me?" If you do, this article is especially for you! Here, we will discuss everything about the major benefits of hospice care and some details about the best hospice Saginaw has. So, make sure you read until the end! Hospice is basically a healthcare offering that aims at providing a better quality of life and comfort for people suffering from critical and life-limiting health conditions. The benefits of hospice care provide the best possible care and compassion to people in the final stages of some incurable disease. It focuses on providing a fully comfortable and happy environment for the patients to spend their time better and less stressful. Because most patients in hospice care in the last stages of incurable diseases, they usually die a peaceful death. Such care affirms life but does not necessarily postpone death. The basic philosophy is to treat the person compassionately to live his last days with dignity and quality. Also, the hospice care center is family-centered, which means family members take a full part in making necessary decisions for the patient. Additionally, the benefit of hospice care affords them the time to spend enjoying their loved ones rather than acting as interim caregivers. What is the Right Time For Starting Hospice Care? Read More

6 08, 2020

6 Surprising FAQ About Palliative Care You Should Know

2021-06-17T03:48:35+00:00Categories: News|Tags: , , |

If you are considering palliative care options for a loved one, or even for yourself, you may find the wealth of information out there overwhelming. We get it! That's why this month, we've compiled a list of the most FAQ about palliative care. Reading these should provide you with some confidence about the options available to you, or at least provide a strong jumping-off point for your continued research. Palliative Care: FAQs for You and Your Loved Ones #1 FAQ About Palliative Care: Is palliative care the same as curative care? No! Palliative care differs from curative care in that the former deals with diagnosing, treating, and preventing symptoms associated with serious, or life-threatening, illnesses. The goal of curative care is to create complete relief from the symptoms. Palliative management, on the other hand, includes the comfort and pain management for seriously ill or terminally ill patients. Palliative care also includes psychological counseling and support for the patient and their loved ones as they go through the process of managing a chronic illness. While curative care deals with providing cures to serious illnesses, palliative care deals more with comfort and pain management. An example of curative care might be chemotherapy for patients with cancer. However, in this instance, curative care and palliative care would go together Read More

9 06, 2020

ER or Palliative Care? Discover Your Options In This Guide

2021-06-17T03:50:38+00:00Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Palliative Care or ER? If you or a loved one are suffering from a serious, chronic illness, you’re likely no stranger to the emergency room. When someone’s body is already engaged in the fight of their life, any comorbidity seems like an urgent reason to head to the emergency room. However, the emergency room can present its own set of challenges. From viral infections spread throughout the waiting rooms to long and stressful wait times, the emergency room is nobody’s favorite place. With this in mind, it’s worth considering your options. A question especially worth answering is whether a palliative care service can provide the same level of care as an emergency room visit with a heightened level of comfort. Defining Palliative Care Dr. Diane Meier is a leading expert in palliative care, and she beautifully summarizes palliative care as “a partnership between the patient and the clinician.”  Palliative care is a service provided by a specially-trained team of physicians, nurses, and specialists, who offer care to relieve the symptoms and stress of a particular instance. The aim of such care is to ensure patients remain comfortable and their families can focus on enjoying their time with them, rather than transitioning to full-time caregivers overnight. Palliative Care Patient Characteristics Because palliative care is meant to relieve Read More

30 05, 2020

When to Make the Shift from Chronic to End of Life Care

2021-06-17T03:53:51+00:00Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Determining when your loved one should transition from chronic care to end of life care can be one of the most challenging things you will ever undertake. Though there is no specific point in a medical diagnosis where end of life care technically begins, the decision must be made on an individual patient's case--based on their unique status and the progression of their respective illness. Doctors may advise their patients on the states of a diagnosis that can offer general guidelines regarding the progressions of a specific disease. Additionally, there are other signs that it could be time to make the leap into end of life care. Some examples might include: The patient has visited the emergency room multiple times during a short period. Although they were stabilized, their condition continues to worsen over time. The patient has begun refusing the proper treatment because of their awareness of the depth of progression of their condition. Despite consistent medical care, the patient's condition continues to decline. The patient may wish to remain at home rather than continuing to make trips to the hospital. Who is End of Life Care For? Any person with a life-threatening illness is eligible for hospice care. Such care is not limited by the type of disease, age, background, culture, or belief. Supportive Read More

22 04, 2020

Cardinal Hospice COVID-19 Response

2021-06-21T17:43:38+00:00Categories: Health|

We at Cardinal Hospice pride ourselves on offering outstanding end-of-life care. As such, our priority is protecting our patients and our team members from exposure to COVID-19. With the firm understanding that our population is high-risk for coronavirus transmission, we have implemented a number of safeguards to maximize patient and provider health: We are following all of the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control to the letter. We are monitoring local government guidance and county-level news for recommendations. We have recommitted our staff to proper hand-washing habits and are providing personal protective equipment to staff. We are confident in our ability to minimize risk for patients. Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns at any time.

16 04, 2020

Surprising Differences Between Hospice vs. Comfort Care

2021-08-20T21:37:50+00:00Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Comfort Care vs Hospice Hospice care and comfort care are similar options for end-of-life care. Even though the two are set up to offer comfort to the patients, their programs differ significantly regarding payment, timing, location, and eligibility for services. So, let’s look at the differences between the two. Care Location Hospice programs surpass comfort care programs. Typically, once registered via a referral from the chief care physician, a patient’s hospice care program is provided at home under the supervision of hospice professionals. Hospice mainly depends on the family caregiver and the nurse administering the hospice care. Although a hospice can offer the needed care in a nursing home or any other hospital-equipped facility, it’s not feasible. On the other hand, a comfort care team comprises nurses, doctors, and other trained medical caregivers, who are ever-present at the treatment facility at which the patient's treatment is administered. The role of the comfort care team is to administer and monitor the comfort care according to the patients. Unlike hospice care that is mostly administered in homes, comfort care is administered in an institution like a hospital that is fully equipped with medical facilities or nursing homes under the supervision of a comfort care team. Timing A patient is eligible for a hospice program if he or she Read More

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