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The importance of not waiting

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iStock-172250622It’s an all-too-common situation. A family is at the bedside of a loved one who is seriously ill and nearing the end of life. Each member of the family has a different idea of what should be done and what the patient would want.

Many people wait until they are in the middle of a healthcare crisis before thinking about what options are available or what care they or their loved ones would want.

Putting off learning about possible care options, like hospice, can cause loved ones to spend stressful days in the hospital or the emergency room and miss opportunities to be at home with family.

When a family is coping with a serious illness and a cure is no longer possible, hospice provides the type of care most people say they want at the end of life: comfort and dignity. Considered to be the model for high quality, compassionate care for people with a life-limiting illness, hospice care includes expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support. Care is provided by an inter-disciplinary team of professionals and trained volunteers.

Hospice care can be provided wherever the person calls home– where most Americans have said they would want to be at this time. The cost of hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans, and HMOs.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that more than 1.5 million people received care from our nation’s hospices last year.

Whether or not hospice care is the right fit for you and your family, Caring Circle can help guide and educate you on care options and choices to ensure your loved one experiences the best quality of life possible.

One of the best ways to make sure you and your loved ones benefit fully from hospice, should you ever need this care, is to talk about it before it becomes an issue.

If you or a loved one has a serious illness and would like to begin conversations on care, please call us at 269.429.7100 or visit caring-circle.org to learn more.

For more information call
(269) 429-7100 or
(800) 717-3811

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