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22 02, 2022

5 Common Hospice Diagnosis

2022-07-27T09:09:12+00:00Categories: Adults, Health, Hospice Care, News|

It is an unfortunate misconception that hospice care is only for those expected to die in a few weeks or a “place” for the dying and hopeless people with terminal illnesses. Hospice care is in fact meant to serve those who are suffering from a terminal illness, yes, but was developed to provide care and support to sustain quality of life. When a terminally ill patient and their loved ones embrace hospice care for what it really is一a health plan that focuses on improving one’s quality of life, it becomes an option that centers on caring instead of curing which allows the family to spend their energy and attention on what matters.  In fact, statistics suggest that roughly 53.8% of Medicare beneficiaries chose and received hospice services as part of their plan of care. That was a 4% increase in hospice patients compared to the previous year.  It is a testament to the benefits that come with partnering your car with a hospice team. Families should never make assumptions that their loved one won’t qualify. Speaking to our experienced specialists will help you determine the qualifications and next steps.  This is how Cardinal Hospice helps take the pressure off of your family, we help every step of the way. Additionally, more and more people with different Read More

23 01, 2022

Starting a Conversation: How to Talk to Someone About Hospice Care?

2022-07-27T09:33:46+00:00Categories: Health|

Major life decisions have always been a challenging topic for anyone, especially if it’s a conversation about end of life care of a loved one. It may not be easy, but talking about hospice and palliative care in advance can help the whole family make an informed decision without hassle and stress. But the big question here is this: how can you talk to someone about hospice care? As with any life-changing decision, it’s crucial to have an open, calm, and honest discussion about it. It’s also essential to gather facts first and learn how hospice care can benefit a loved one. Read on below as we give tips on how to have a productive conversation with a loved one about hospice care.  When Should You Start the Conversation? According to studies, starting hospice care early on allows patients to reap its full benefits, thus improving one’s quality of life. So ideally, talk of any end-of-life care plans should start when your loved one is still healthy and able to make decisions for themselves. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. More often than not, hospice care will only be brought up when sudden medical crises happen. Some examples of the circumstances that may trigger the conversation include: When the patient or loved one has been Read More

6 01, 2022

Misconceptions: 10 Hospice Myths and Facts

2022-07-27T09:33:20+00:00Categories: Health, Hospice Care|

Hospice care has been gaining significant traction after countless studies have documented its notable benefits. In fact, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reported that about 1.55 million people sought and received hospice care in 2018 alone. That’s already a 4% increase of patients compared to prior years. However, there are still a lot of misconceptions about hospice care from patients, families, and caregivers alike. Hospice myths and facts seem to overlap for some people, preventing them from getting the care and support they need. So, let’s set things straight by debunking some of the most common myths surrounding hospice care. Myth #1: Hospice is only for people who have given up on life. Fact: Many people associate the term “hospice” with “dying” or “giving up.” But in reality, hospice works its wonders by giving hope to terminally ill people that there’s still more to life than their disease. Hospice care is specifically designed to improve the overall well-being of a person with life-limiting conditions, such as cancer or any chronic diseases. It aims to honor one’s end-of-life choices and provide the care they need with dignity and respect.  Furthermore, hospice care service not only meets the medical needs of a patient. It also focuses on improving the emotional, psychosocial, mental, and spiritual aspects of Read More

6 01, 2022

The 5 Stages of Palliative Care

2022-09-14T16:43:55+00:00Categories: Health|

Having a chronic, ultimately terminal, illness takes away a lot of one’s freedom to choose. For example, the choice to eat any food you want, to travel, or do your favorite activities. But there’s one thing you or your loved one still have control over一the kind of comfort care and end-of-life plan you want. One such example is palliative care. The 5 stages of palliative care aim to improve the quality of life of patients with chronic or terminal diseases. This type of care focuses on managing the symptoms of the illness along with providing specific treatments intended to cure or prevent the progression of the disease. But above all, palliative care aims to honor one’s wishes and individual needs regarding their medical care. Learn more about palliative care and its five stages by reading our in-depth discussion below. What Is Palliative Care? Palliative care is a type of long-term care that provides pain management and symptom relief for patients suffering with chronic illnesses. It also involves improving the patient’s quality of life by focusing on their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. These efforts are often combined with medical treatments. Palliative care also benefits the patient’s family and loved ones by providing much-needed emotional and spiritual support. Here are some of the specific services you Read More

23 11, 2021

Celebrating Home Care and Hospice Month – November 2021

2021-11-23T23:09:24+00:00Categories: Health, Hospice Care|

Many people get chills when they hear the word hospice care because they associate it with the final moments in life. The national hospice month is here to change that perception and help us understand how this care benefits the chronically ill and their families.  In 2018, more than 1.55 million patients and families benefited from home care and hospice services. This number represents a 4% increase from 2017. In addition, ongoing home care represented 98.2% of the services offered to improve the quality of life of Medicare beneficiaries in the same year. We come together every year in the month of November to celebrate millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable contribution to the families they serve. These selfless professionals spend every day of their life ensuring terminally ill patients and their families find dignity and love when it all feels almost impossible.  Read on for a more in-depth insight into hospice care as the community honors the millions of professionals who dedicate their lives to this service.  The Theme for this Year’s National Hospice Month As the nation celebrates national home care, we want everyone to remember that “It's About How You Live.” Draw inspiration from this theme to see the good side of life even when Read More

22 10, 2021

What Is Hospice Care At Home: A Comprehensive Guide

2021-11-23T23:10:30+00:00Categories: Health, Hospice Care, News|

According to studies, if given a chance, seven in ten Americans would prefer to pass peacefully in the comfort of their home. However, not everyone has the opportunity to choose their own end-of-life care plan or have their last wishes honored.  Fortunately, it is still not too late for you or your loved one to prioritize comfort rather than prolonging life through drugs and hospitalization. You can start discussing the possibility of hospice care to improve your loved one’s quality of life right away. But what is hospice care at home, and what does this care option entail? Keep on reading below as we go into detail about everything you need to know about hospice. What is Hospice? Hospice care refers to a unique care option given to individuals with a life-limiting condition or terminal illness. Doctors can also recommend hospice to individuals when: Their bodies do not respond to the treatments administered to cure their disease.  They have a downward prognosis despite medications. They want to forgo treatments and get relief from their symptoms instead. This way, they can focus on enjoying their last remaining days the way they want to. Hospice care also aims to provide support to patients by relieving their pain and managing other symptoms so they can live as comfortably as Read More

22 04, 2021

7 Important Benefits of Respite Care

2022-07-27T09:09:41+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. Respite care is one of the 4 levels of hospice care. 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 Read More

17 02, 2021

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

2022-10-04T06:11:10+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 health care can be provided to patients in their residences. 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 Read More

3 11, 2020

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

2022-08-10T09:14:00+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 care at the 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 Read More

13 10, 2020

3 Proven Benefits of Hospice Care For Your Loved One

2022-07-27T05:33:41+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

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