Hospice is a team approach to taking care of people in the end stage of life. It allows doctors, social workers, clergy, and counselors to focus on the patient and treat that patient with compassion. The goal is to allow the patient to die with dignity. All of these professionals play a role in making the last days easier, more comfortable, whether by giving the patient a soothing bath, singing a favorite song, or just by being there.
The physician will have to state that the patient is not expected to live more than six months. At that point the care changes from cure to pain relief and the dying process begins.
Caregivers for a dying patient should explore hospice. The patient’s doctor should be consulted to see if a letter can be written certifying the patient for a hospice program.
How Do You Pay For Hospice?
Medicare covers hospice for patients who are qualified. It is unfortunate that many families contact hospice programs too late to benefit from the program. Nancy Busch can help you make these important decisions so that your family does benefit from benefit programs designed for you. As an elder law firm, we help many Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, Monroe, Berks and Schuylkill county families deal with these problems as well as estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorneys, long term care planning, asset protection, and Medicaid issues and VA issues. Nancy Busch guides you through these problems as we have done for clients for more than 30 years with compassion.