Benefits of Hospice and Palliative Care

Benefits of Hospice and Palliative Care

When Special Care is Needed

At Home Senior Care in Newton, Massachusetts serves many patients and families with both hospice and palliative care in the Newton area and beyond. Many families have trouble knowing where to begin when senior loved ones need extra care for a serious illness. There is a great deal of stress emotionally, physically, and on finances leading up to a decision like this.

What is hospice and palliative care?

Though there are some differences between the definitions of the two words depending on the laws and regulations of the particular state where you live, there is a lot that is the same. This is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses, including but not always limited to terminal illnesses. The focus is on relief from symptoms and stress. The goal is to improve quality of life for the patient and the family.

Benefits of hospice and palliative care:

  • Often covered by Medicare
    Many costs can build up before this level of care is reached, but very often hospice care is completely covered by Medicare or other insurance. You can contact your provider for more detail.
  • Does not require the patient to remain hospitalizatized
    Hospice care can be provided in home or in certain other nursing facilities.
  • Familiar Environment
    This type of care allows patients to remain in the living situation they were in before care began. The familiar environment offers some comfort at a time it is needed most and can help preserve the patient's dignity during care.
  • Comprehensive Plan of Care
    The patient and family can be included in all the details of care in a comprehensive plan which respects the patient's wishes.

Contact At Home Senior Care in Newton if you have more questions and to see how we can help improve quality of life for you and your loved ones.