The Difference Between In-Home Care and Hospice Care
Both in-home and hospice care provide comprehensive care for your loved one. The difference between the two comes to attention of the care. Understanding how in-home care or the hospice care can benefit your senior will help you make the best decision when the time comes.
Who Provides the Care
In-home care is offered by care agencies and independent people. It’s advisable to choose licensed agencies because they are responsible, easy to work with and they have the expertise to offer solutions when problems arise.
Hospice care is an added benefit of Medicare. It’s given to only those who have less than six months to live. This is usually given to those who need end-life care both at home or in hospital.
How Long is Care Provided?
Generally, in-home care is all about treating the patient at home. The services provided range from providing company to the patients and skilled nursing services. Patients continue with their daily activities which encourage them to be more independent. In-home services are provided at a specified time or as they are needed.
Hospice care is end life care. It’s given to patient expected to live for less than six months. The patients are kept at ease with pain relief and the family is given companionship and understanding as they make the most of the last days with their loved ones.
In-home care is most likely the best option if your parent or loved one is expected to live for more than six months. The services provided will grant your parent the care and support they need whereas you can have the freedom to carry on with your daily routine. As a full-time caregiver, you need time to re-energize.
Hospice care is only administered to terminally ill patients. Your loved one is given a sense of security and emotional guidance.
Payment and Insurance
There are a number of payments for in-home care providers that include long-term care insurance. However, it’s not covered by medical insurance.
Medicare covers hospice care, though there is a limit to how much it can cover. It is advised to do your research to determine which option best fits your financial needs.
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