Hospice care has a number of benefits that many do not realize. Using the word hospice often brings up negative connotations, but it actually can lead to a lot of positivity when implemented in a professional way. Listed are a few of the positives:
- Patients are allowed dignity as they aren’t bothered by constant machines and personnel. Any decisions about medical care are their own.
- Financial burdens are lessened, as Medicare and insurance often pay for a significant amount of hospice care. Even if paying out of pocket, it’s far cheaper than a hospital.
- It offers a plan and professionals who are linked. You may choose workers you wish to have there, including therapists, doctors, clergy, social workers, and more.
- It’s a comfortable place that has memories and love inside of it. Many people who are nearing the need for hospice appreciate being somewhere that means something to them.
Talking to your physician about hospice can be intimidating, many patients prefer that their doctor bring up the conversation. However, if it’s something that is on your mind, it’s best to start that conversation as early as possible. This allows you to get input from a medical professional you trust. It also lets you ensure the doctor is going to respect your wishes when the time comes.
Having a physician who offers home visits may be the best choice you can make when it comes to hospice care. You can appreciate the care of an experienced physician without having to work out the protocol for seeing them, when you are not in the state to do so. At Primary Medical Group, we are happy to be a part of your team and our home-based appointment system works perfectly with hospice situations.