Idaho Senior Independent Vol 9 No 4

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Five Myths About Hospice That You May Believe Article provided by Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care Many individuals have the wrong idea about hospice care, which usually arise from personal family experiences or those of friends. It is important to recognize that every hospice is different. Call your local hospice service and ask questions to make sure you know the facts and will be able to get the best care and service for you and your loved one when you need it most. Below are several common myths about hospice that you should understand. Myth 1: Hospice care should begin in the last days of a person’s life. The earlier a person is referred, the more hospice can do to help. Sadly, many people believe that hospice is unavailable until literally the final days of life. Hospice is a highquality care that focuses on comfort and quality of life. Myth 2: Hospice care is expensive. Hospice is covered 100% by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances. Some hospices elect to charge co-pays for medications or as much as five percent of any respite care that is given. Fear of costs should never prevent a person from accessing

hospice care. MYTH 3: Hospice is only for people with cancer. Hospice serves anyone with a life-limiting illness, regardless of age or type of illness. These illnesses include, but are not limited to AIDS, Alzheimer’s, stroke, kidney disease, lung disease, dementia, failure to thrive, ALS, liver disease, and many others. MYTH 4: Hospice patients cannot keep their own physician and receive hospice care. Hospice does not require a patient to change physicians in order to receive hospice care. In fact, hospice patients’ primary physician works in coordination with the hospice team. Hospice is an added bonus, an extra service that works with the many other services that are available in the medical field. MYTH 5: After a hospice patient passes away, there is no grief support for the family. Hospice offers grief and bereavement services to family members to help them adjust to the loss in their lives. Prior to signing your loved one up on hospice services, ask what type of grief support is available for families. Some hospices will offer visits, while others may only send information

through the mail. If this information about hospice surprises you, take the time to find out more. No one is exempt, and the best time to learn about hospice is before you or someone in your family is facing a terminal medical crisis. Hospice gives you and your loved one the power to live the end of your life as you choose; to be at home if your wish; to be pain-free; and to be comforted and cared for. ISI

Transitional Care When You Only Need To Visit

How to Get Paid for Being a Family Caregiver By Jim Miller for in-home care, as well as assisted living and any people happily call Royal Plaza home. But To get paid as a family caregiver, various gov- nursing home care. This benefit can also be used many don’t need to live here, they just need a ernment programs, tax breaks, and family payment to pay family caregivers. visit to get back on their feet after hospitalization for an injury, illness or surgery before they go home. options may be able to help you, depending on To be eligible your mom must need assistance your mom’s financial situation. Here’s where to with daily living activities like bathing, dressing Our Transitional Care Unit has the comforts of home: look for help. or going to the bathroom. And, her income must • Private Rooms • Great Food State Aid – If your mom is low-income and be under $13,362 as a surviving spouse – minus • Wonderful Caregivers eligible for Medicaid, you may be able to get medical and long-term care expenses. If your mom And the care needed paid a small amount by the state. In 15 states, is a single veteran, her income must be below too get you home: Medicaid offers a Cash & Counseling program $20,795 to be eligible. Her assets must also be • Physical Therapy • Speech and Occupational Therapy (see that provides an less than $80,000 excluding her home and car. • Skilled Nursing allowance that can be used for various services, • Meds & Pain Management To learn more, see, or conRETIREMENT CENTER • Transportation for Medical Visits including paying family members for care. tact your regional VA office, or your local veterans Many other states have similar programs for service organization. For contact information, call 2870 Juniper Drive Lewiston, ID 83501 Care Center: 208.746.2855 low-income seniors, even if the person receiv- 800-827-1000. ing care doesn’t quite qualify for Medicaid. To find out about these opWe bring healing tions contact your local Medicaid office. we are devoted to enriching the lives of those entrusted to us. Veterans Aid – In some communities across the U.S., veterans who are at risk of nursing home placeThis facility is a Joint Commission accredited agency. ment can enroll in the Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based *RRGLQJ ‡ Services program, that ,GDKR )DOOV ‡ allows veterans to manage their own care, in0HULGLDQ ‡ cluding hiring and paying their own caregivers. 1014 Burrell Avenue 3RFDWHOOR ‡ Prestige Care & Rehabilitation Also available to Lewiston, Idaho 83501 T h e O r c h a r d s wartime veterans and Phone: 208-743-4558 7ZLQ )DOOV ‡ Fax: 208-746-7657 their spouses, is a CMS 5 Star Rating efit called Aid and It’s All About Helping People.Ž tendance that helps pay


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