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When a loved one is nearing the end of life, comfort and top quality care are extremely important. Families must know that the individual they love will receive everything necessary for a peaceful transition. Hospice care is very helpful during this period, and pairing hospice with in-home care services ensures that both the individual receiving care and members of the family have all of the bases covered. The combination of both services allow families to solely concentrate on being together.

There is often some confusion as to what these services cover, as well as how much they cost. Abby Senior Care has the essential information you need.

Hospice Care

Hospice care is available when a condition is no longer responding to curative treatment options and life expectancy is 6 months or less. Treatment changes to palliative strategies to keep the person comfortable and to ensure the highest possible quality of life. Medicare and many private insurance providers cover the cost for hospice care, which includes:

  • Physician and nursing care
  • Medical supplies and equipment
  • Treatments for pain and symptom management
  • Speech therapy, physical, and/or occupational therapy services
  • Social services
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Spiritual/grief counseling for the person receiving care and members of the family
  • And other services as advised by the hospice care team

Home Care

Non-medical home care services, like those provided by Abby Senior Care, enhance hospice care services by filling in any gaps in care needs, such as:

  • Friendly companionship
  • Running errands
  • Meal preparation
  • Housekeeping and laundry
  • Respite for family caregivers
  • And a lot more

It is essential for somebody to be with the patient receiving hospice care night and day, and to have one person designated as the primary care provider. This person is typically a member of the family or a friend who can keep track of signs and symptoms and issues as well as offer most of the physical care the person needs. However, the primary caregiver can’t (and really should not attempt to) do it all by themselves. This is where home care comes in.

An in-home caregiver can be available for as much or as little assistance as families need, any time of day. They can also lessen some of the pressure the primary caregiver and other members of the family are experiencing by taking care of the daily needs around the home that are still necessary. This partnership allows families to concentrate on spending quality time with each other, to get the rest they need, and to take care of their own personal needs.

In contrast to hospice care, home care costs are covered privately. There are a number of different options available, including:

  • Out of pocket
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Veterans’ Aid & Attendance

Our home care experts are here to help you receive any benefits for which you may be qualified in order to cover home care services. Call us at 303-699-8840 for a complimentary in-home consultation and to learn more about our in home senior care in Denver, CO and nearby areas.