According to Consumer Reports, here is what to look for when choosing a hospice for your family:
- Not-for-profit status and 20 or more years of experience.
- Hospice-certified nurse and doctors on staff and available 24 hours per day.
- Palliative Care consultants who can begin care if you’re not yet ready for hospice.
- An inpatient unit, where patients can go if symptoms can’t be managed at home.
- Ability to provide care in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
- Social workers and chaplains.
- Medicare approval. That way, Medicare will cover services, including equipment and home health aides as needed, plus counseling and grief support for the patient and the family.
Hospice East Bay fulfills each of these requirements and more.
“Most people are referred to hospice by their doctor. Patients, family members, even friends can also make referrals. If you’re looking for a program, check with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (nhcpo.org). But beware: More than half of U.S. hospice programs are for-profit, according to Medicare figures, and several recent news reports have highlighted problems at some of those programs.”
Visit our Hospice Care Page to learn more.