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Hospice Care in Assisted Living: Understanding Your Options

April 01, 20243 min read

Hospice Care in Assisted Living: Understanding Your Options

Hospice care is a philosophy of end-of-life care focusing on compassionate support for both the patient and their loved ones. When a cure is no longer the goal, hospice care aims to manage pain and symptoms while providing emotional and spiritual support. This type of specialized care can be an invaluable resource for residents of assisted living facilities. Symphony of Wimberley is an assisted living facility that understands the importance of compassionate, specialized end-of-life care. Here's what you need to know about hospice services in their community.

Who Is Eligible for Hospice Care?

Hospice is designed for individuals diagnosed with a terminal illness with a life expectancy of six months or less if the disease follows its typical course. Some of the most common conditions that qualify for hospice care include:

  • Advanced cancers

  • Heart disease

  • Kidney disease

  • Lung diseases (COPD, emphysema)

  • Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia

  • Neurological illnesses (ALS, Parkinson's, etc.)

How Do You Arrange Hospice Services in Assisted Living?

  1. Talk to Your Loved One's Doctor: The first step is talking to the doctor about hospice eligibility. The doctor will evaluate your loved one's condition and discuss if hospice care is the appropriate next step.

  2. Discuss the Decision: If you are a family member or caregiver, have an open and honest conversation about hospice with the resident in assisted living. Respect their autonomy and preferences when making this important decision.

  3. Choose a Hospice Provider: Research hospice providers in your area. Ask the assisted living facility if they have preferred partnerships. Consider factors like the hospice's reputation, services offered, and overall philosophy of care.

  4. Coordinate with Assisted Living: The hospice care team will work closely with the assisted living facility staff to ensure seamless care delivery and optimal quality of life for the resident.

What Does Hospice Care Provide?

  • Medical Care: Nurses, doctors, and hospice aides provide pain and symptom management and address any medical needs directly in the assisted living setting.

  • Medication and Supplies: All medications related to the terminal diagnosis, as well as necessary medical equipment and supplies, are typically covered by hospice.

  • Emotional and Spiritual Support: Social workers and chaplains offer support to both the resident and the family. This includes counseling, bereavement care, and guidance with the emotional and spiritual aspects of end-of-life.

  • Assistance with Daily Activities: Hospice aides can assist with basic daily tasks as needed, working in collaboration with the assisted living staff.

The Benefits of Hospice in Assisted Living

  • Staying in Familiar Surroundings: Residents can receive hospice care in the comfort of their assisted living community, avoiding stressful transitions to different facilities.

  • Enhanced Care and Support: The hospice team offers an additional layer of specialized end-of-life care and emotional support.

  • Focus on Quality of Life: Hospice emphasizes comfort, dignity, and making the most of the remaining time.

Additional Considerations

  • Costs: Hospice care is typically covered under Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans.

  • Talking to Loved Ones: Having difficult conversations about death and dying may be challenging. Hospice providers can offer resources and guidance for families navigating these discussions.

Remember, hospice care isn't about giving up, but rather shifting the focus to comfort and providing the best possible quality of life during a person's final months.

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Driven by a deep commitment to improve the lives of seniors, Symphony of Wimberley draws on 20+ years as a nurse to advocate for innovative approaches in assisted living and memory care.

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