As a law firm that focuses on elder law and estate planning matters, we provide our clients with comprehensive guidance on every level. Some of the realities that must be discussed are not entirely pleasant, but it is important to be pragmatic so that you are prepared for the inevitable. With this in mind, you should definitely understand the value of hospice care when you are engaged in your end-of-life planning efforts.
At some point, it is very possible that the goal will be to rest in comfort because recovery is not forthcoming. This is what hospice care is all about, and it can be provided in a freestanding hospice center, a hospital, a nursing home, or your place of residence. In addition to the family members that will choose to be nearby, there are different types of professionals involved.
Of course, your own physician will be part of the hospice care team. The hospice itself will have a doctor or medical director, and there will be licensed nurses providing treatment as well. Home health aides and social workers can be participants, and therapists, counselors, trained volunteers, and members of the clergy can offer additional assistance.
The symptoms and associated pain will be managed, and in addition to the physical side of things, there were also be emotional and spiritual support for the patient. Family members will have access to bereavement counseling and other resources.
Nursing home costs are a major elder law concern, because these facilities are extremely expensive, and Medicare does not pay for long-term care. However, the program will pay for hospice, and it is covered by Medicaid and many private insurance plans.
Speaking of Medicaid, this government program does pay for nursing home care. We assist clients that want to position their assets wisely so that they can keep their money in the family as they take steps to gain Medicaid eligibility late in their lives.
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Hospice care is just one of the many things that you should educate yourself about when you are devising a plan for aging. Our firm would be more than glad to discuss the future with you in person. You can schedule a consultation right now if you call us at 808-531-5391, and our toll-free number is 800-807-3840. If you would prefer to get in touch electronically, you can send us a message through the contact page on this website.