8 04, 2022

End of Life Care: Providing Care and Comfort

2022-05-03T14:36:42+00:00Categories: Hospice Care, News|

The end of life is a natural event that no one can prevent nor postpone when it is time. Eventually, your loved ones will get old and reach their final hours. However, this does not mean that one should forgo the need to seek quality care and support when the inevitable comes.  In fact, when death is nearing, it becomes even more vital for an individual to receive palliative care to provide them with the utmost comfort and dignity they deserve. After all, everyone is entitled to a comfortable and quality life,  regardless of one’s condition and state.  Read on below to learn more about end of life care and how it can benefit the patient and their families, especially during one’s final days.  What is end of life care? End of life care refers to the overall care and support provided to a person nearing the end of their life. Its main focus is to help the patient live as well and comfortable as possible until their final breath. Furthermore, it aims to improve one’s quality of life despite being in their last days, months, or years.  End of life services involve different kinds of physical, mental, social, and spiritual assistance. This type of care may look different for each patient since everyone has different Read More

22 02, 2022

3 Questions to Ask Yourself: Is it Time for Hospice?

2022-02-22T16:46:02+00:00Categories: Adults, Health, Hospice Care, News|

One of the most challenging seasons in life is caring for aging and ill family members. It is difficult to watch your loved ones suffer from symptoms of terminal illnesses, such as cancer, dementia, and heart disease. Feelings of helplessness and fear can take over thoughts clouding your judgment and adding to the stress of trying to juggle their needs and the demands of our busy lives. The heartbreaking truth is that it is only a matter of time before your loved ones' needs may become unmanageable without additional support or professional care, as their illness progresses.  Instead of focusing on the overwhelm, it’s time to allow our caring staff to support your family’s needs. This will allow you to focus on the most important things, time together and comfort. We understand the stress brought on by making medical decisions, providing care and trying to navigate increased medical visits takes a toll on caregivers, that is why we will work to tailor a care plan you need that surrounds the whole family. Here are three questions that can help you determine when’s the right time for hospice. Does your loved one have life-limiting conditions?  Hospice care is the best choice of care option for patients diagnosed with a terminal illness and who have been determined to Read More

22 02, 2022

5 Common Hospice Diagnosis

2022-02-22T15:58:36+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

6 01, 2022

Misconceptions: 10 Hospice Myths and Facts

2022-01-24T07:44:36+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

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

2021-10-22T09:16:51+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?

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

16 12, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Respite Care

2021-06-17T04:23:15+00:00Categories: Hospice Care|Tags: , |

What if you could better take care of yourself while still taking care of a loved one? Many who provide long-term care for a loved one have trouble practicing self-care. After all, it's difficult to take time for yourself without worrying about what will happen to the other person. Respite care may be the solution to your problem. It lets you reclaim your life while still providing expert care to those you care about the most. What does respite care mean and how can it change your life? Keep reading to discover the answer! What Does Respite Care Mean? We've prepared a comprehensive guide to everything you should know about respite care. First, though, it's important to define what this kind of care is. This is a temporary care service that you can provide for a loved one. It is designed to help primary caregivers take time off for things ranging from vacations to simple self-care. Respite care offers many different advantages to both the caregiver and their loved one. And on top of that, it has many versatile uses. Care At the Speed of Life One of the best things about respite care is flexibility. You never know when you will need to take some time for yourself, and this care can accommodate your schedule. You Read More

4 07, 2019

What Is Respite Care And How It Can Help You Instantly

2021-10-22T08:48:42+00:00Categories: Hospice Care|Tags: , |

Did you know that one in every four American adults has a disability that affects their quality of life? This translates to more than 61 million individuals. To make matters worse, there’s a massive shortage of caregivers in the country. Looking after a person with special needs is an all-day job. This makes it difficult for the already overworked caregivers to cater to their personal needs. And that’s where our service comes in. So, what is respite care? And, how can it help you and your loved ones? Read on to find out. What is Respite Care? Also known as short-term care, respite care gives caregivers and family members a break from their caregiving role while ensuring your patient is on track with the daily care routine. It can be arranged for just an afternoon or a few weeks. Depending on your loved one’s needs, respite services can be offered in a healthcare facility, home, or even at an adult daycare center. Types of Respite Care Some of the common types of respite care include: Respite Home Care Our service provides caregiving to your loved one at the comfort of your home. This relieves you of the heavy responsibility of moving your loved one from one place to another, especially if they’re having mobility problems. Adult Daycare Centers These centers Read More

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