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 your loved one seems to be losing hope as the days go by. So many things can help patients and families rekindle old memories and enjoy every bit of time during these trying moments.
You can share postcards, letters, or even old photos to remember special moments of love and connection. But, most importantly, don’t put off calling in health care professionals who offer hospice and in-home services to your place. Talking to someone who understands your situation better than anyone else could just be the therapy you need to feel rejuvenated.
In other words, it’s possible to be happy and grateful for a life well-lived, even as the end is nearing.
Why Hospice and Home Care?
We can’t describe what patients feel after learning about their terminal illness as right or wrong. News about a life-limiting condition can make anyone feel numb or strangely calm. However, as time flies, patients and families may start to experience difficult emotions. It can be a feeling of sadness, frustration, shock, anger, or even denial. Others approach the situation with a sense of resentment or helplessness.
Whichever feeling it is, it doesn’t always have to end that way. During this national hospice month, we remind everyone that chronic illness does not have to mean overwhelming sadness, loneliness, or isolation. As we mark November as the home care month, here is how hospice and home care benefits patients and their families.
Hospice Care is All About a Familiar Environment
The National Association for Home Care and Hospice runs a podcast dubbed Help Choose Home. This podcast can be extremely helpful if you contemplate how your loved one should receive care during the end stages of a terminal illness. For instance, you can choose in-home or facility care, whichever works best for you.
Nevertheless, hospice care is about the patient’s comfort and an environment they are familiar with. Therefore, home health care can be a wonderful option where hospice professionals and families work together to achieve the best in comfort and care. In other words, hospice care goes wherever the patient calls home and serves them there.
No More Financial Burdens
Hospice care gives you tremendous value and quality care in terms of what you pay for the service. Typically, the Medicare hospice benefit may cover all treatment services for managing a chronic illness. On top of that, you get to experience 24/7 services, just a phone call away.
That said, we remind everyone during home care and hospice month that enrolling in a program can significantly cut costs. Actually, out-of-pocket expenses for Part A and B premiums reach $134 per month for many patients. You might also pay an additional $5 for painkiller prescriptions.
Counseling for All
Emotional guidance and support are critical pieces of solving the puzzle of living with a terminal illness. The national hospice and palliative care month reminds us how hospice professionals come in handy during this difficult time. Patients and families receive guidance from the start to the end. Even after death, the family still gets bereavement counseling to help them cope with the loss.
Join Us in Commemorating Home Care and Hospice Month
Cardinal Hospice, together with the hospice community, honors all industry professionals and like-minded individuals who dedicate their lives to show love where it’s needed the most. Home care aide week runs for an entire week, from November 7th to November 13th. This happens in the second week of November every year.
- Bay City, Michigan Hospice Care: 6907 Westside Saginaw Rd, Bay City MI 48706
- Oxford, Michigan Hospice Care: 1097 S Lapeer Rd Ste. A, Oxford, MI 48371
Besides showing support to these compassionate nurses, you can celebrate the care and hospice community by enrolling your loved one in a program. Whether they’re nearing the end of life, disabled, or feeble due to old age, hospice care has an answer to all their needs. As this year’s theme puts it, let the final moments of life count.
There are a lot of memories and love to share before we bid the final goodbye. Let this national hospice month inspire you and your loved ones about living with a life-limiting condition.