HAS YOUR DOCTOR RECOMMENDED HOSPICE CARE?
You’ve probably heard of hospice
You’ve probably heard of hospice, but you may be unfamiliar with the details concerning this philosophy of medical care. If your physician has recommended hospice for you or a family member, you likely have lots of questions. Where is hospice? How does one enroll? How much does it cost? And perhaps…
WHAT IS HOSPICE, ANYWAY?
Rather than a place to receive medical care, hospice is an approach to medical care for patients nearing the end of life. Its goal is to enhance the quality of life for patients with terminal illness. Hospice focuses on pain management and symptom relief, while addressing the patient’s emotional, social and spiritual needs—as well as those of family members. Hospice lets patients and families share the end-of-life experience with dignity and, in most cases, in the comfort of their own homes.
Each person entering a hospice program gets an individualized care plan. This plan is developed by a team of professionals and volunteers working with the patient and family members. Depending on the patient’s needs, the team may consist of the patient’s primary care physician, a hospice physician (or medical director), nurses, home health aides, social workers, clergy, trained volunteers and speech, physical and occupational therapists.
HOSPICE PLANNING FOR HOSPICE CARE
Proper planning for a Hospice patient regarding legal issues is a must. For instance, if the patient has young children, then it is crucial for him or her to have a will (and where appropriate, a trust) in place. That’s because minor children cannot take title to property in their own names. What’s more, it will be important to arrange for the care of the children after the death of the parent. And it’s critical to be sure that, where possible, the person who will be caring for the children will have access to the funds to properly care for the children. In addition, some people are not emotionally equipped to handle sums of money they receive outright, and it’s common to see individuals who have received an inheritance to quickly spend that inheritance in the matter of a few short weeks or months. But proper thoughtful planning can avoid this and insure that everyone is protected and your life’s savings, no matter how large or small, are not squandered.
WHAT STEPS SHOULD YOU TAKE NOW?
If you would like the guidance of a law firm which has helped hundreds of Arkansas families successfully deal with these issues, then call the Elder Law Practice of Douglas R. Jones & Cynthia Orlicek Jones at (501) 843-9014 . The toll free number is (800) 844-0030.
Imagine the peace of mind you’ll have when you stop reacting to your situation and start putting into place a positive action plan which will allow you to protect yourself and your loved ones. To learn more about Hospice Care, you can request our FREE Consumer’s Guide on Hospice Care, contact us at (501) 843-9014 or order our Free “Hospice Planning” Report by entering your name and e-mail in the above form.