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Choosing the Right Care for You


Palliative Care

This is also called chronic illness care and acts in conjunction with the medical care you’re already receiving. The main focus of this care is on pain and symptom management.
  • For persons who are seriously or chronically ill
  • Not dependent on prognosis
  • Medicare Part B billing (E/M – Evaluation Management)
  • It’s a consultative professional service
  • Focuses on pain and symptom management and medication reconciliation
  • Includes discussions about goals of care like setting management

Hospice Care

While hospice also focuses on managing symptoms and pain, this type of care is for people in the terminal phase of their lives. As such, it includes an interdisciplinary team approach to tend to the holistic needs of the patient and family.
  • Dependent on a prognosis of six months or less to live
  • Medicare benefit, Type A billing
  • Includes an interdisciplinary approach
  • For the family and patient
  • Main focus is end-of-life care

Hospice Care Is
Holistic Care

COMPASSIONATE
CARE
PATIENTS & FAMILIES
COME FIRST
ELEVATED LEVEL
OF ATTENTION
IMPROVED QUALITY
OF LIFE

Opening the Dialog

When someone you love is terminally ill, starting the conversation about hospice is never easy but it’s better to have sooner than later. Here are some tips to help you navigate the discussion.
Initiation
Choose the person best suited to handle the conversation; usually a doctor, family member, close friend or clergy member is best.
Time and Place
Setting is important. When discussing such a serious matter, make sure it’s a place where your loved one feels comfortable and at ease.
Keep It Open
Even if your loved one isn’t ready to have the conversation when you are, make sure they can come to you when they’re ready.
Considerate Framing
Be careful to frame the choice conditionally. Instead of asking them if they’d like to start hospice care, try asking if they’d be open to considering it.