3 Characteristics Of Someone Who Is A Good Candidate For Hospice Care

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If you have a loved one who is aging and no longer able to fully care for themselves on their own, you might wonder what some options are for their care. One of the best options available is hospice care. This is where professional care comes into the person's home to help with daily tasks and needs. Here are 3 characteristics that make someone a good candidate for hospice care.

1. Has Family Members Close

The best situations for hospice care are those who have family members close. Ideally, the family should be the primary caregivers of the aging individual. They should have someone there during the night, or at least some of the day. Then the hospice care can come in when the family needs extra help.

Hospice can be a little costly, so it is best if there are family members available to help to defray the costs and provide some sort of stability for the aging individual.

2. Are Still Able To Care For Themselves In Some Regards

If a person needs around the clock care, they might not be a good candidate for hospice. Instead, the best situations are where the individual is still able to care for themselves, but needs a little extra help with the harder things. For instance, they might need help bathing, cooking, and/or dressing themselves. They should be able to get around on their own, and should still be mobile if at all possible.

The people who do hospice may not have all the equipment or skill to offer full care for someone. They generally are not able to carry people, feed them or change diapers. For this reason, it is best if the person can care for themselves in some regards.

3. Personal Financial Resources

Some insurance companies will pay for hospice care, but they may not cover it fully. For this reason, if you want good hospice care you might have to pay for some of it on your own. This is why some of the best candidates for hospice are those who have their own finances or the help of family to pay for their care.

Even if you don't have the resources to pay for hospice, you might still be able to get good care. Check with your insurance about different options, and you still might be able to get in-home care.

Talk to a service like Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care for more information about hospice care for your loved one.


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